Sunday, April 06, 2008

Jamboree Day 3



Here, Charlene explains the rules of engagement in tea making, no stoves here ladies and gentlemen, just ice, wood and matches.



Ladies, gather your weapons.



Ksenya stoking the flames.



Martina Norbert tending her fire.


Alestine Andre is working on her tea.


Mariah serves up her steaming hot tea.


Noel Andre enjoying the fruits of others labour.

Hello everyone,
Today was the last day of Jamboree, events to start at twelve, Melissa and Christopher wandered down around 1:30 to capture the afternoons activities. even by northern standards this should have worked out, but as it was they were still about a hour early before anyone actually started to do anything. Although the turnout was good, participation seemed to be a problem as it was difficult to get people to actually pony up and play some games. In order to fill the minimum requirements Melissa actually sponsored Kaysena to this event. Luckily, our athlete came in a solid second. Good job Ladies.
Take Care
CG

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Racing Day #2


The winner with the flag.

Second and third rounding the final corner, You'll notice the sleds in first and second are identical, however the telling of the tale was in the experience of the drivers. If I was to post all 120 picture from this event you see that without exception the more aggressive the exit to the corner the higher the finishing position, but as with anything the higher the aggression, the higher the danger and the higher the reward.



On the straightaway between the corners I was monitoring the gentleman in first rarely ever had his ski's on the ground, conversely the gentlemen in last never lifted his through aggressive use of the throttle.



Hello everyone,
Today's events were, as expected, subdued due to the funeral during the middle of the day. The only event I was able to make it to was the 550 fan cooled class 8 lap race pictured above. It was fun but hours behind schedule and just didn't seem to have the same energy as yesterdays race.
Take Care,
CG

Friday, April 04, 2008

Snowmobile Racing


And the defining moment of the race.














Hello Everyone,
Today was the first day of the Jamboree, these are images from the relay race where three drivers each run three laps, first through the finish line wins. The excitement continued right through to the last lap when a quarter of a mile from the finish line the leader gunned it off the corner and lost his grip and off his sled went without him, while he was chasing it to catch up second place took and kept the lead all the way to the finish line. The town is flush with out of towners and the store is packed with the same. Right now everyone is gathered at the arena for the feast and a talent show, however with everything that has happened this week, I'm just going to call it a day and retire quietly to my humble abode.
Take Care
CG

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Jamboree is almost here.



This is for all the people who told me when I was twenty I'd be bald by 30, and for all the people who said I would be bald by forty when I was thirty. Well, I'll be forty in a month or two and I still see some hair there, maybe I'll shave my head.

Hello Everyone,
This weekend will mark the town spring Jamboree and the weather seems to be playing along so far, Its been a lovely week with warm weather all around. The Jamboree will feature events such as the opening feast ski-doo races, a shooting competition, dog races etc. However on a sad note the festivities will no go off as planned as there will have to break on Saturday for the funeral of a 16 year old girl who died of exposure in Inuvik recently, she had many family in our area and her funeral will be held in Fort MacPherson. I'm sure the community will struggle to enjoy the spring events on such a sad day.
Hopefully, I will have a opportunity to peek my head out of the store during these event as well and maybe even partake.
Take Care
CG

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

The last ride


video
Hello everyone,
Tonight I took out one of our ski-doo's for what seems to have become its final ride. While driving up a hill outside of town it seemed to struggle a bit and when we got to the top it simply stalled out. Upon trying to restart it I found the starter locked and after a long walk home and a quick call to the local mechanic it looks like the engine might have seized up on me. Oddly enough I took this footage of our ride tonight. Looks like we're back to having a sled for parts, C'est la vie.
Take Care
CG