We had a great weekend with some wonderful friends. We hosted a dinner on Friday night for my DFO buddies Les and Mitch and we also invited Marg and Cat to help us eat the bird. After dinner we invited others over for a evening of fun playing Kinect. The laughter lasted until the wee hours of the morning.
The following day Les, Mitch, Marg, Craig and I planned on heading to Starvation Cove for a day of quadding and fishing. We finally got mobile around 10:30am and arrived at Starvation Cove for lunch. Marg started a fire and we threw on some smokies and muskox burgers. There is nothing like eating something cooked on an open fire. Marg was the first one who caught a char and Craig followed with another one. We headed home with the tide still high and we had to find a low spot to cross the river. We didn't have to drive far to find a spot and then we had to climb the cliff to get on solid ground and back on the trail. It was our luck that we found a Gyre Falcon nest with three chicks in it. I really love the 2 1/2 hour quad ride to Starvation Cove as it is mostly along the sandy shores of the Arctic Ocean. Then you hit this solid rocky hill with zero vegetation and on the other side is this amazing oasis of crystal clear water, flowers and grasses...Starvation Cove.
The bay has been busy with people boating, kayaking, sailing and this past week the first ship arrived, the Sir Wilfred Laurier. Someone also turned off the heat in Cambridge Bay this week and the temperatures will sit around 5 - 7'c for the next few days. The sun rose today at 3:56am and will set tonight at 10:10pm so it is nice to see the sunsets again.