Walter and I walked around Pond Inlet together, visiting the Parks Canada office, library and town hall. Again, I talked to many people – teens and adults, and of course, made lots of photos. I visited the Northern Store, which has the northern-most Tim Hortons in the world. With my Ice Capp, I sat down with a couple of young local men. Very friendly, we talked for quite a while, but mostly about hockey. Seems like everyone in the Arctic are Senators fans.

They asked me about my gold teeth. Including the kids in Arctic Bay, I’d been asked 5 times about my gold teeth. Questions like “How much did it cost?”, “Is it 24 karat gold?”, and “Did it hurt?”  I don’t think I’ve been asked this many times since it actually happened when I was 19. I was taken aback when one kid asked me “Help me understand.”

As you’re walking around in these northern towns, everyone smiles and waves. I think none are friendlier than the Inuit people.

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The serious nature of Adventure Canada staff

The serious nature of Adventure Canada staff

Drying fish in the backyard

Drying fish in the backyard

Kids in the Pond Inlet playground

Kids in the Pond Inlet playground

Shopping in the Co-op store

Cool mom, cute kid.

ATV's for sale at Co-op

ATV’s for sale at Co-op

The northern-most Tim's in the world

The northern-most Tim’s in the world

Hangin' out at Tim's

Hangin’ out at Tim’s

Hangin' out at Tim's

Hangin’ out at Tim’s

Container play

Container play

Cheering section at the baseball game

Cheering section at the baseball game

This is a strange Inuit sport where you try to rip your opponent's mouth apart.

This is a strange Inuit sport where you try to rip your opponent’s mouth apart.

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Earth, whalebone and skin home.

Earth, whalebone and skin home.

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