It still seems strange to me after the breadth of our travels that we finally saw the Polars bears in Kangiqsujuaq. This is the first time the bears have been in town in 20 years (or so I'm told actually Melissa heard last year, so who knows). Through our time in the north we've seen allot of wildlife. So far on our list we have Sic Sic, Arctic Hare, Arctic fox, Ptarmigan, bearded seal, wolves, grizzly, Caribou, narwhal, beluga whale, ring seal, the ever present Raven, heck while crawling across the ice in Repulse ( hunting with Gabby) I even stumbled upon a very slow moving mayfly. So the only two big guys left were Polar Bear and Walrus. I didn't hold out much hope to check the Polar Bear off the list here in Kangiqsujuaq, but that just goes to show you. Never assume anything. Its been a amazing journey.
I've got over 220 posts on this blog and the same in pictures. We've traveled about 5,000 km, Christopher has grown about 6 inches, he's making great steps in learning a second language, I've learned to teach without counting on language to help, Melissa continue to learn as she's rejoined the workforce, we've gone without all the things that would have seemed inconceivable to us in the south and we've never been happier. Sometimes, its the uninformed decisions that can really change your life for the better. Look before you leap is usually a good adage however I don't know what we would have done if we had any idea what the north was really like when we made this decision. When we started this blog there were only four other active blogs in the north, last time I looked there were over twenty.
Sunday, February 11, 2007