Friday, December 04, 2009

Frosty Moonlit Plants

I am still alive... just busy. I did not make it to Iqaluit. Their was a blizzard that lasted just long enough for both companies flying to Iqaluit to cancel their flights, meaning that I would not have arrived until Wednesday night. This is worth noting: There are 2 jets that fly from Rankin to Iqaluit - they both leave Rankin Inlet on Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the early afternoon. If they cancel, they don't rebook the next day.. you have to wait until the next flight - which may be extra sucky if they cancel your flight on Friday, as you'd have to wait until Monday. Now.. I know I'm not a transportation scheduling specialist, but wouldn't it make sense for one company to offer Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday flights and one MWF? I probably still would have gotten to go to my really cool meeting if there had been a flight on Tuesday. By the time I got back to Baker Lake, the blizzard had cleared in Iqaluit and the weather was bad in Yellowknife instead. I did get to meet with 2 people from STAR in the Rankin airport while we waited to get unstranded. They got to Iqaluit Tuesday noon by engaging in a wild marathon flight. I did get to participate via conference call, which was very cool, but not quite the same as visiting the capital. and being part of the entire week of meetings. But, such is the life of anyone living in a remote community dependent on planes for travel in the winter. I can only hope the universe is kinder to me in two weeks when I attempt to travel by plane again. The good thing in that case is that the route is much better served, in that there are multiple flights per day.

The moon is just past full and we've had some fog and snow and so the plants are all decked out in frost. In a completely unrelated direction, I was thinking about posting about how I wished I knew where I could get one of those rubber circles that you use to help you open jars as I was getting poor traction on a pickle jar and sore hands. I glanced towards the pile of hats and mitts by the front door and saw my moose-hide mitts.... hmmm... I grabbed one and tried it on the jar and hooray!!!, I was able to open the jar easily....

Anyways, hopefully I'll get some more pictures of the crisp clear winter days this weekend - now that it is seasonably wintery here in Nunavut.


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Blogger Megan said...

I am convinced that the airlines are in cahoots. Here in Yellowknife, where you'd think they'd be making extra effort to get customers, the two northern airlines have almost identical schedules. Their planes leave within 30 minutes of each other. It's just silly. You'd think they could figure out a better way to compete.

9:52 AM  
Blogger Tara Muise said...

that photo is reminds me of some of the views we get here in pang but, without a good camara, can't be caught.

9:58 AM  
Blogger ~G said...

Nice photo!! I like the colours, and good composition.. although the power lines could go.. ;)

8:55 PM  

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