Season's end

Fall season is a wrap. Before heading to Nepal for a little holiday in early October, we pulled out the boat from the water and waved goodbyes to the waves. The last trip on the fiord we did while the first snow was falling down. Floater suits were worth their cost on those cool days.

In this blog entryy you will find a mixed collection of photos from October.

Our new team member, Sola, followed us all over on our trips. She handled the boat well except for jumping in and out of it: she always gets stuck by the belly on the side. We have to give her a lift. Now she has learned how to appropriately stiffen up into plank position for easier lifting convenience.

Aulatsivikjuak Bay:

Mouths full of trail-mix ("no, don't take a picture now!"):

A hike that I enjoyed especially much was from the Hudson's Bay cabin towards Moon Lake at the end of Pangnirtung Fiord. We traveled to the cabin by boat, barely making it in through the barricading rocks at a quickly dropping tide. The propeller got dinged there a few times and now it's looking like we've actually been to places.

The blue spot in the image is a ghost of an ancient shaman.

In the bay there was a great little spot for parking the boat. The hike was very fun, steep with great views, sporty. Thanks for Devin and Kendra for company there! We didn't quite go all the way to Moon Lake but I would be interested to do so in the winter with skis. The approach would have to be less steep, though. Summiting Moon Peak would be well worthwhile.

All in all it was a great fall season. We did the mileage we wanted to with the boat and learned the basic skills. Tides do not seem that complicated to keep track of anymore. And it was positive to observe that our boat didn't sink.

Having a boat is a lot like having a baby. You have to constantly keep an eye on it and if you don't, something bad will happen. The only difference is that babies are probably less work.

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September boat camping

Lately we've been trying to use our boat as often as possible. It is such a pleasure to have it but the weather and work often interferes with boating plans. Our "very European looking" boat is anchored right next to our house, so when the opportunity arises, we can just jump in and go. That's exactly what we did last weekend.

Sunday's weather looked bad. The original plan had been to head out on Saturday, overnight somewhere, and return on Sunday. A quick change of plans was needed. The boat was afloat at 5 pm on Friday, right after work, and we decided to skip yoga, pack everything and head out while Vieno was still on the water - the tide was already dropping.

Our dog, Sola, joined us. She was instantly comfortable with the boat even though it was probably her first time on water.

That night we set up camp fire and enjoyed the northern lights. And discovered that in the rush, we had forgotten to take the water, the stove and an extra sleeping bag for Delia. She had one but she needs two to stay (toasty) warm.

Stove. Our arch enemy. This was not the first time it happened. And if it's not the stove we've forgotten, it's the fuel. We did have a few liters of water but with only salt water from the fiord available, we had to be careful with water consumption.

We cooked everything on the campfire and smelled like smoke for days after the trip.

The night was cool but comfortable. Sola wanted to shove herself into the tent and snuggle with us, but we had her stay in the vestibule like a good dog should.

In the morning we did a little hike and looked for berries. We also tried fishing but the char is already running up the rivers and cannot be caught in the fiord.

We returned to Pang next day in fine weather and dropped by the park before heading home. A great trip.

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