Monday, June 30, 2014

Week One with Nana & Papa

Craig's parents arrived safely last week and we have been busy ever since.  Craig took the time off while they are here but I am still working, preparing for our annual char harvest.  They have explored the town and I do not think there is much more for them to see in our little village.  We headed out with the dogs on Saturday, a cool day to walk the tundra but they were troopers and didn't really hear them complain. 
New flowers are blooming just about every day

As you can tell it was a bit cool but everyone looks happy
Yesterday we met up with our friends, the Bartas and headed to Mt. Pelly, mom was my passenger and dad was Craig's.  We parted ways with our friends at the sign going into the territorial park and after showing Nana & Papa around we drove to where the Bartas were, fishing of course.  They never caught anything but it was fun to watch and especially watching Emily dodge the ice floats going by.
Mom enjoying the beautiful weather and Emily fishing

Look out Emily!

Lots of ice break-ups
Today after I was finished work we drove out to Old Town.  Our first stop was the famous Maud, she was named after Queen Maud of Norway and was built for Roald Amundsen for his second expedition to the Arctic.  He did not make it through the Northwest Passage and after 6 years she ended up in Nome, Alaska.  The Hudson Bay Company bought the ship in August of 1925 and used it as a supply vessel in Cambridge Bay.  In 1930 she sank and now the Norwegians have plans to lift her and bring her back to Norway.  You can read about her journey back home at
Craig, Mom and Dad in front of the Maud

This old Singer was recovered from the Maud

The Norwegians made this stone cairn a couple of years ago to
honour the spot where the Maud sank.  Here is mom adding her stone to it. 

The workmanship of this cairn is amazing - I'm thinking it will be here for a very long time.
I love all the old relics in Old Town but I think that The Eagle is my favorite.  The ship was purchased by Father Steinman in 1954 from Tuktoyaktuk resident, Johnny Norberg. Father Steinman had planned on fixing the boat but he was transferred to another community before he could repair the ship.

As you can imagine the Commander gets a little dirty driving through mud, water and dirt. The following two pictures are of Craig throwing a bucket of water on us to clean the windshield.  The other picture is my 'partner in crime'.

When we took the dogs out on Saturday I had brought some Canada Day flags for the dogs to model and today I took a pic of them with holding the Canada Day Nerf footballs.
Proud Canadians

What says Happy Canada Day more than a couple of
GSPs sitting on the tundra wearing Canada flags.
Tomorrow we plan on heading the beach, yes I said the beach!  Stay tuned.
Talk soon!


  1. Enjoyed the great pictures, the history, and the tour!! Can't wait for the beach!! and HAPPY CANADA DAY to one and all!!