The Arctic is in full bloom with beautiful flowers that are mostly white, yellow and different shades of purple. I love July in the Arctic and everyone forgets how cold the winters get when the temperatures have been hitting an average of 17'c these past few days. The one thing I could do without are the mosquitoes. Now, I'm a Manitoba girl and I am used to the little blood suckers but the ones up here are smaller and about a zillion more of them. You can actually hear a low hum when you are out on the land where it is quiet. I don't like using bug spray but there is no way you can go out to enjoy this weather without using spray. You can opt not to use protection but be aware as you will have 3/4 of your blood taken away...so out comes the deet.
I had a great week spending time with Les and Tyler from DFO and my home province. They left Thursday but we will see Les again in a month and Tyler will return in the fall. Les comes up here every year to do field work on Arctic char and they are also a partner for a monitoring program that should last for 5 years. Today 3 of our fishers flew out by float plane and 2 monitors to Surrey River. If things go as planned I too will be heading out tomorrow evening with Stephane (our general manger at work) and we will bring Craig along for the ride. I have never been to Surrey so I am excited to see it.
Last night Craig and I headed to Ryan, Gary and Kate's cabin which is located on the shore of the Northwest Passage. It's a quaint modest one room cabin and the views are spectacular. We arrived around 8:30pm and left around 1:30am and the skies were the same brightness. I still find it amazing that we have 24 hours of daylight. When Craig and I arrived in town we headed towards the float base as there have been many sightings of a grizzly bear and cub. We didn't see the bears but we did seen an Arctic hare on the way home.
Today Craig spray painted one side of our sea container to get rid of the graffiti from the old owners and I edited today's pics and worked on my tan. You may think you can not get a tan up here but not only can you get a tan but you can also burn. You know it's summer up here as many of us walk around sporting raccoon eyes, a classic Arctic fashion.
Enjoy the pics tonight - there are close to 40 of them.