Monday, August 31, 2009
This looks like the cover off some fantasy novel less unicorns and a grave looking man with a sword and a beautiful woman with hair curling to her knees astride a dainty, but feistly looking mare in a dress that is even more beautiful than she is or would be if it wasn't torn and dirty from travel.
I need to get my head back in the real world.
FIreweed on the Mountainside or roadsite
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Glancing Back at Summer
Today is a special day here. It is the grade 12 graduation where we honour our students with the persistance and work ethic to complete their high school diplimo. This year, there are 9 wonderful kids who have achieved this honour and they along with several staff members, family members and community members have been hard at work organizing themselves for 2 days of celebration. They are awesome people and I wish them all the best on their future plans. Its much neater this year now that I actually know some of the graduates. I'm very excited to see them cross the stage later this afternoon.
Congratualations all of you!!!
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
August Tundra View
Hare I am!!
Highlight - Snowshoe Hare - 4 ft from me - see above for details :D
Cranberries in a Crevice
The temperature was only 7 degrees and the wind was cold. I actually hauled out long johns, toque and mitts and was glad to have them. With temperatures dipping into the 0 to -1 range - it'll be a short time before the tundra turns from shades of yellow and green to a bright and fiery red and then brown and finally the brief blast of vegetation will be buried under a blanket of snow until June.
Winter is coming and coming soon - even if people are still cranking the AC in other parts of the country.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Paintbrush on the Mountainside
It doesn't seem to me that there is as much fireweed in town here this year, compared to last. People have said that its been a much colder summer. I'll have to find some time to go for a walk some evening. I haven't made it up to the graveyard yet. Tomorrow is the big first day, and I'm looking forward to it as I'm pretty sure that I have the best job in the entire world, biased as I might be. My life seems to be full of twists and turns and right now I don't think I could be much more happy. So thank you to the forces of the world for guiding me through all the backroads and valleys to this particular peak. The view is... well even nicer than the picture above.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Things you don't expect in the middle of the Tundra
In particular this crazy metal dome rising shining from the tundra - gleaming like some giant place of worship maybe a cathedral or even a mosque... (Giant Mosque on the Tundra). Its actually going to be an ore storage facility and the choice of a dome had a great deal to do with tundra winter windspeeds as opposed of aestetics, but it does leave me feeling a bit awed especially gleaming in the sun under such an amazing blue sky.....
The second amusing thing for me to see, having recently returned from the more mountainous part of Canada was the "Tundra Switchback" complete with gear down advice..... :D I wish I had a picture of that sign.
The tour started with a delicious lunch and took us a lab, a site tour, an engineering presentation and their geology lab. I learned a lot that will hopefully in the Geology/Mining parts of my teaching. The bus ride took us through beautiful territory, but it was definately a bit jarring - so my hats off to the employees that make the trip regularly. I was able to get a good chunk of sock knit en route, and the weather was sunny and beautiful.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Glacier in the clouds
Even when the weather wasn't delivering sun, the clouds that it delivered (and random boughts of torrential rain) were entertaining and made for neat photographs.
Today is moving day... I'm packing.... or at least I should be.
Monday, August 10, 2009
They have Tuktu here too!
The next 72 hours are going to be insane, but I think I'm mostly packed, so aside from a last run to the evil walmart for Dill Pickle popcorn seasoning and another package of sport socks and probably some other thing that I remember that I need up north and have forgotten....
The mountains have been wonderful. There has been an ample supply of wonderful viewscapes, black coffee, bannock, wildlife sitings and trails to hike. Its very nice to have a good friend in the mountains - especially one that actually likes playing outside. This galloping tuktu was munching lichen in the Cavell Meadows and litterly ran past us with only a few meters to spare. I think it might just have been the most gloriously healthy lookig Caribou I've ever seen.
Over and out for now..... I have many miles to cover in the next 3 days, but then I should be back for my regularly unscheduled posts :D.