More pictures from the Northern treasure chest!
With Elinor's arrival we decided to spend more time doing the things she was interested in - like dog-sledding! So here are a couple more pictures of that experience.
Dogs and drivers relaxing after the races...
The trip to Tuktoyaktuk, like everything else, was quite interesting and we had a couple of experiences along the way. The drive from Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk is about 360 kilometres. It is all on the ice road. That's right we drove 720 kilometres on very slippery ice.
The above page has lots of ice road pictures and facts and... even a picture ot two of our Arctic sky-diving adventures... Not something for the faint of heart or those fearful of the cold.
In Tuktoyaktuk it was Beluga Festival weekend, so everyone was out on the ice partying.
It is to bad you can't read the menu in this picture, it includes; dried fish, frozen raw fish, Snow Goose, Whale strips, Caribou head soup, Eskimo ice cream, and Eskimo donuts, as well as a few southern items like popsicles, Freezie's, ice-cream bars and candy-floss.
We stopped at the Picnic site on the edge of the Arctic Ocean, more to say we had been there - then to spend a lot of time having a picnic. There is nothing north of this point except ice - until you reach Siberia!
Yes it was cold -31 (before the wind chill factor), I won't even try to tell you what it was with the wind chill, but Jan felt that standing outside - even with her best winter clothing on - for more then about two minutes was too much, and the rest of us soon agreed.
From the comfort of our vehicle we then toured the city and surrounds.
By the way Tuktoyaktuk is short for Tuktuuyaquumukkabsi!
It is an area famous for Pingos - a geological formation that is caused by the freezing of a underground water source. As the water freezes it expands and pushes up the surrounding earth. In a continuous cycle summer water flows into an underground reservoir, freezes and expands upwards. This is an ongoing process and some of theses 'hills' are a few hundred feet high.
More story and pictures...