A lot has happened since my last post. I left the Arctic, had an amazing summer with M, and then returned to the north; though not quite as far as the year before. Days before my flight I interviewed for a position at the Inuvik Learning Centre. I was really hoping to get the job but had given up hope after so much time had passed since submitting my application. I think I was offered the job the weekend before I was supposed to start. Fortunately I already had my plane ticket as I was resigned to returning to Tuk.
Speaking of Tuk - do I ever not miss that place. That was, without doubt, one of the hardest years of my life. It didn't help that the place I rented was always cold. There was one large space heater (that ran on oil) in the corner of the house; there were no other sources of heat. During the winter I frequently had to blow dry the pipes in the bathroom just to have a shower (I may have already mentioned this but I'm feeling too lazy to check). The view out of the patio window looked out to the Arctic Ocean. That was actually pretty cool in the Fall when I saw a bald eagle eating something on the shore line. For the rest of the year, however, all I could see was white.
The following pictures are, more than likely, the last I'll take of the community.
So long pretty but desolate views
So long Arctic shore line
So long original dirt dwelling
So long dock that saw yachts from all over the world in the summer months
So long front view of mud/log hut
So long area that held the Beluga Jamboree in April
So long D.E W. Line station
So long (record screech) - I mean welcome life changer
Introducing baby Betsy - rescue puppy from Tuk.
No longer in Tuk - the wintery days are upon me. In early Oct.
Oh - it's baby game changer
Cold? Yes, but also beautiful