Tag arctic

And now for some good news!

Welcome to the “good news” blog. I feel that I’ve been drenched with pandemic news, biological and political. You can’t turn the TV or browser on anymore without the deluge of bad news. And it’s getting worse. The news is… Continue Reading →

Kangerlussuaq (Day 12) – final

We left the ship for the last time at 8:30 this morning and on shore in Kangerlussuaq, which was a US airbase during the cold war, we boarded Mercedes Unimog all terrain trucks. It was a very bumpy ride up… Continue Reading →

Itilleq, Greenland (Day 11)

This morning there was a AC Q&A panel meeting with much talk about the conditions of the Inuit – political, social and economic. Seems like the answer would be more and better education, which is expensive because of the large… Continue Reading →

Ilulissat, Greenland (Day 10)

This morning, we had a very interesting session about “Intergenerational Connections”, hosted by 87 year old Sally. The young people were very much into this, and I spent about half an hour holding 3 ½ month old baby Jane. In… Continue Reading →

Uummannaq, Greenland (Day 9)

This morning, we landed for a short visit to an ancient cemetery at Qilakitoq. Then, back at the ship, we had our polar dip, but it wasn’t too cold… about 5áµ’C. Spent the afternoon in the town of Uummannaq, Greenland… Continue Reading →

Karrat Fiord, Greenland (Day 8)

We lost another hour overnight, so now we’re in Greenland time. We entered Karrat Fjord, Greenland and the icebergs were spectacular. Other than birds, we haven’t seen much wildlife on this trip. Only one polar bear at a distance. I… Continue Reading →

Day 6 and Day 7 on the Ocean Endeavor

We went into the 3rd time-zone last night; 1 more to go. This was a quiet day, and I was very tired. These AC expeditions are not relaxing vacations, although I’ve been using the hot-tub almost every evening. I’ve also… Continue Reading →

Ice Cappuccino in the Arctic (Day 5)

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… Continue Reading →

I’ll have mine with ice, please (Day 4)

This was another busy day with 2 excursions. In the morning we did a zodiac cruise to the glacier and ice-bergs at Croker Bay on Devon Island. This is the largest non-inhabited island in the world. It was very cold… Continue Reading →

The Streets of Arctic Bay (Day 3)

We lost an hour overnight… altogether; we would sail through 4 time-zones, Central, Eastern, Atlantic and Greenland. Even though we wouldn’t sail that great a distance, lines of longitude and time-zones get squeezed together in the far north. For the… Continue Reading →

Arctic Explorer Expedition 2016

About 35 years ago, in another life, I was working at a mine in Northern British Columbia. One weekend, when almost everyone left the camp, I stayed around, and was soon approached by the surveying team and asked if I’d… Continue Reading →

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