Category Archives: Walk in the ‘hood

Agua Adventures (#TBT)

I realized that I never got around to blogging these fun photos from a walk to the playground from May 10, 2014.  Since it’s a Thursday it’s the perfect time to do a throw back Thursday post! Let’s get to the story….


The day after my dog-sled trip I decided to go on an adventure with my friend’s two boys…who are five and two!  We headed outside for a walk to the playground close to their house to see what kind of trouble we could get into.

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Since it was May…the melt was on, snow was disappearing and leaving behind a bunch of puddles and mud! Which is the perfect combination for lots of fun.
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Five minutes after getting to the park the youngest already fell into a HUGE puddle…but that didn’t stop him from having fun on the swings.
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We headed back to the house to play in the BIG PUDDLE directly in front of the house. Mati was so excited and kept saying “…agua!”
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I might be a parent’s worst nightmare…or the super fun Aunt who lets children play in huge puddles and get crazy wet! Spring Walk to the Park_0004

It wasn’t long before Mati slipped on the ice under the puddle and ended up on all fours trying to get upright again! I kind of had to take these photos before assisting him back on his feet! Spring Walk to the Park_0005Lucas started ‘fishing’ with this piece of rope he found…trying to capture the monsters in the puddle.
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Iceberg- Straight Ahead!

I’m have just finished up two weeks of travel for work.  Last week I was in Arctic Bay and Iqaluit and then this week I visited Clyde River and Pond Inlet.  Tonight was the first time in 2 weeks that I downloaded the photos off my camera…this is almost unheard for me!  While I was walking on the ice taking photos of the iceberg tonight it was the first time that I had felt the need that I wanted to blog and that I felt like I had a story to share.  So I have decided to share photos from my last two days in Pond Inlet then work backwards with stories and photos from my time in Clyde River and Pond Inlet. (because they are also important to share–but icebergs are pretty awesome!)

When I arrived in town on Wednesday night was cloudy with white skies…it’s stayed like that for the past couple of days, even snowing off and on at times…but tonight it finally cleared up.  I was able to get to the Nattinak Visitor Centre on Thursday night.  I slipped in about 5 minutes to 5:00pm.  They close at 5pm, but the awesome worker (sorry I forget his name) took the time to show me around. He shared so much awesome information with lots of passion and excitement.  It was really nice for him to let me see the displays even though he didn’t close up until 5:10pm! May 20, 2014(SMcMahon)004

There’s a real-life model of a narwhal that hangs from the ceiling…and out of the windows you can see the iceberg that I wanted to walk out to visit. (Those little specks of black are dog teams and closer to shore are snowmobiles and/or komotiqs.)

After showing me around all the awesome displays…giving me heaps of information, some new some not so new…the guy who was working at the visitor centre did a live demo of the seal kick game. This top photo shows him kicking from a standing position.
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Here you can see the sequence of him doing the Alaska style…starting out sitting, with one hand holding the non-kicking foot….and stretching up and kicking to hit the tiny seal!  Pretty awesome feat! May 20, 2014(SMcMahon)002

Some of the awesome displays in the Visitor Centre. May 20, 2014(SMcMahon)003

Friday night after dinner I asked a friend that has been living in Pangnirtung this year…(but here in Pond for work for 3 weeks) if she’d like to join me on a walk out to the iceberg that has been frozen into the ice.  She agreed so off we went exploring!

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The weather is so nice…the sun is shining here in Pond Inlet 24 hours a day.  Kids are out playing even as I type this post…I can hear them and it’s 1:30am!  It’s fun to see kids being kids…playing in the dirt, mud and puddles as the melt is starting. May 23, 2014(SMcMahon)002

We walked through the oldest part of Pond Inlet on our way out to the iceberg…lots of older boarded up buildings, but also new homes as well!
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These little guys were too cute!

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Shy at first but these girl did talk to us…and they were enjoying a game of hopscotch!
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I thought this abandoned building was pretty neat…the sign on the end was interesting, can’t honestly tell you more than that about it though!

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Here’s the sign… May 23, 2014(SMcMahon)006

Looking across the ice to Bylot Island…the clouds tonight kind of hovered at the peaks of the mountains. May 23, 2014(SMcMahon)007

Looking towards the iceberg…about a 15-20minute walk off shore. May 23, 2014(SMcMahon)008 May 23, 2014(SMcMahon)009

My friend getting closer…sticking to the snowmobile trails…as it was easier to walk, and we didn’t sink into the soft snow! May 23, 2014(SMcMahon)010

We did walk around the iceberg…sorry for the photo over-load!  It seamed that every angle it looked different and often had different lighting.
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There was two more people out too look at the iceberg!  They were getting some chunks of ice to make tea…apparently iceberg water is some of the best.  (I didn’t get close enough to touch it…it’s melting, and chunks are falling off it…didn’t want to get bonked on the head and die. So no iceberg tea for me.) I had been warned by a few people not to get to close, because of the cracks and the ‘berg is melting. May 23, 2014(SMcMahon)012

Everyone needs to take a selfie with a iceberg! May 23, 2014(SMcMahon)013

The last time I saw icebergs was in April of 2009.  I got to visit some on a day trip out to Cumberland Sound…there were 4 that were fairly close together and ice-locked.  I blogged about that trip over on my ‘newbie in the north’ blog- iceberg#1, iceberg#2,  iceberg#3 and iceberg#4.  (it was 4 separate posts…and looking back on those blogs makes me smile a bit to see how my blogging has changed!) May 23, 2014(SMcMahon)014

A close-up of the top…
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Me in front of the massive ‘berg…with my friend’s shadow in the corner.  Thanks for snapping this shot for me! May 23, 2014(SMcMahon)017

…selfie at the ‘berg! May 23, 2014(SMcMahon)018

From the back side… or is it the front side? May 23, 2014(SMcMahon)019

…in the corner of this shot you can see the houses from town on the hill!
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…those are small people standing beside the iceberg. May 23, 2014(SMcMahon)021 May 23, 2014(SMcMahon)022

…one last shot, before walking back to the hotel.
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It was the perfect evening to go for the walk. It was awesome to have a friend here that wanted to do the walk with me, thanks Rae!

It’s almost 2am…I can still hear kids playing and the sun is shining through my window! I have a long day tomorrow…starting off at being at the airport for 7am.  So I best find my sleep mask and try to get some sleep.  I’m totally lucky that I can sleep easily on a plane!

A Crisp Arctic Walk…

On Saturday I headed over to a new friend’s house to collect her to go for a walk.  The idea was to enjoy some of the daylight…and take some photos.  I got to her house just before 1 o’clock… it was -28C with the windchill was -32C!  We were both bundled up…and off we went.
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There’s something about a crisp walk in the Arctic winter that gives you a clarity and makes you happy.  I honestly LOVE the winter…it was on the verge of being a bit too cold…but it was ok! It was an awesome walk, with lots of great conversation and laughs!
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Looking out to Cumberland Sound

We headed down to the FAR end of town (from where I live)…near the end of the runway and looked at the sun starting to set! We stopped to take a few new photos…I took the awesome ones in my new header!!! Playing around with my camera and the timer.  I need to remember to bring my tripod, but I’m getting really resourceful at using my camera bag as a tripod…and it doesn’t weigh as much as lugging a tripod!

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This end of town has a lot of the main communication satellites for the community….I think these ones are for the radio station and cable tv.

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Town is still in the shadows…but the sunlight touching the tops of the mountains makes me a bit more optimistic! A Crisp Arctic Walk..._0005

After walking around for about an hour (with a quick stop at my friend’s house to warm up before we walked the 15mins to my house) we ended up back at my house…and these photos of “frosty” me were taken.  (all of this happened in that last 15min walk!) I wasn’t cold.   This is one of the hazards of walking around in the cold…your warm breath will freeze and land on your face/eyelashes, hat etc.  I was too hot to wear my parka hood…but should have worn it anyways…(probably could have taken off my hat bc I was over-heating with the hat + my hood and that’s why I didn’t pull it up!) This is because then the fur from the trim of my hood would have caught all of this frozen breath and not had it land on my face!  Getting so much frost on your face is fun for photo shoots, but can be dangerous…and lead to frost bite.  Luckily that didn’t happen… but it’s something to think about and why having real fur on your parka hood is so important when you live in the Arctic!

A Walk in the Ravine…

Two weeks ago I was in Toronto at the end of my trip in Ontario…visiting my brother and sister-in-law. It’s funny how much can change in 14 days… to go from ‘late’ fall to ‘middle’ of winter temperature changes!  While I was there John asked if I wanted to go for a walk with him and Gus (his dog) in the ravine on part of the Taylor Creek Trail. I’d never gone on a walk there…I had my new camera I had been dying to use and get some photos…so I said sure!  Plus it’s always great to spend time talking with my little bro.

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We left around 5pm (I think) the sun had just set.  John teased me and said there’s no time for photos…Gus and me we WALK..and he wasn’t joking around…they do walk and pretty darn fast!  At times it was hard to keep up and I just shrugged it off because John had such long legs…but he and Gus do this walk at least once a day…so they have practice.  Me on the other hand, well let’s just say…I’m working on my fitness level…but I like to stop to take a photo once and awhile too!

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We walked along the busy streets of Toronto rush-hour traffic.  Where it basically seems like everyone wanted to be home or at the store or wherever like 15mins ago… everyone seems to be in a hurry. (Even my brother…he wanted to make sure we were finished our walk by the time it got really dark, because being in the ravine at dark might not be the be option!)

The stairs down to the ravine

The city of Toronto made really cool ‘access’ points from various neighbourhoods along the ravine path… so that it is easy for people to get down to walk on the path system.  Going down the stairs was pretty easy…but going back up, well all I can say is you just take your time and put one foot in front of the other.  There’s also a fabulous rail on that staircase (on right of photo below) that you can put your bike on so you can push it UP or DOWN that hill… thanks city of Toronto for helping a cyclist out!

Stairs view from bottom of ravine

But the views from walking along the path and the river…so worth going to the trouble of ‘keeping’ up to my little brother!

river and reflections of trees

Gus sure enjoys his walks!

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After the walk John, Kat and I went to an all you can eat sushi restaurant for dinner… my cousin Clayton drove down from Markham to join us. Kat and myself...

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It was a perfect last night in Toronto kind of meal…how can you go wrong with sushi?

mmm sushi spread

After our bellies were filled with sushi, we walked over to the movie theatre to go see Thor 2: The Dark World… a perfect ending to a perfect day!  Thanks for such a great visit…it was so great to be able to spend some time with you.

Hello Autumn…

Last Sunday I woke up in Toronto and looked out the window from my little bro and sis-in-law’s apartment I was so happy to see all the glorious fall colours.  I must admit one of the things I miss the most about my awesome life up north is the absence of trees…especially in the fall. It’s the first time I’ve been in Ontario for a fall in 5 years…
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This is why being in the south right now is so exciting…the temperatures are so awesome… just warm enough but not too hot!  As I mentioned last post I’m in the south right now to take care of my mum after her hip replacement surgery.  She’s got a matching set now!  The surgery went well so now we are onto the recovery and physio…


On Monday I brought my mum home from the hospital.  It’s been a busy week, but we are finding a routine.  Mum is slowly getting better…but it’s a process!  I’ve been enjoying getting reacquainted with the sights and smells of fall.  There’s nothing like the smell of fresh grass being cut, or the smell of leaves under foot also hearing them crunch under your feet as you walk!  It’s been awesome… Lindsay Market... 11 Lindsay Market... 14 Lindsay Market... 16 Lindsay Market... 17Mum has been very helpful with finding me things-to-do-to-get-aqauainted-with-life-in-Lindsay… Every day she has a list of new “errands” for me to go out and do.  Places for me to find…things to pick up!  But it’s been good… except I never have lived here, and it only took me 15mins of driving around random streets to find one of the spots she wanted me to get something from yesterday!  But then I had time to stop to take some photos… so that made me happy.

This morning, I went to the Lindsay farmer’s market…it was awesome to go and get such awesome fresh produce.  The choices were almost overwhelming…but I survived to tell the tale.  I find shopping especially for food overwhelms me…there’s just too many choices.  After living in Pang for over 2 years…shopping in grocery stories in the south really freak me out.  It’s weird, can’t figure out why…but it’s not something I really like to do.  But one must eat so I have to go!  The farmer’s market was a pleasant surprise.

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mmmm fresh carmel kettle corn! 

Hope you all are having a good long weekend…and can’t wait to update you with more of my random adventures while in Ontario!


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