I’m back on the road again travelling for work. I left Baker Lake on Monday and travelled to Cambridge Bay via Yellowknife to attend a workshop and work with other staff in my organization as the acting supervisor while our supervisor is out of town on annual leave. It is good to be back in Cambridge Bay (Rob and I lived here from 2006 to 2010 before moving to Baker Lake) and to be able to reconnect and work one on one with other staff, but the best part is that I get to hang out with my friend, her son and her mom while I’m in town. The bad part is that Rob is still in Baker Lake…
Today we went out to an area called Augustus Hills to see if we could see any snowy owls and to take the dog for a run but no luck. We ended up seeing an arctic hare taking a nap until the dog scared it and a fox far off in the distance. Apparently, this year has been a good year to see snowy owls around the area and near Cambridge Bay. This is due to the fact that lemmings (which is hunted by snowy owls) had a peak year last year which than meant that this year there was an abundance of snowy owls and foxes. But no luck for me to see them, yet.
A sailboat also showed up last night in the bay. It is a very late arrival for a sailboat in the Arctic and for Cambridge Bay, and hopefully the sailboat will be able to get through the Northwest Passage and not get stuck anywhere in the ice. The Coast Guard was also in the bay but it might be here waiting for the last sealift to come to town. The sealift going through the Northwest Passage from both the east and west sides had difficulty getting through due to ice blocking the passage on both sides. The sealift from the west (NTCL) arrived this morning but my friends are still waiting for their barge order/sealift that is supposed to come from the east (NEAS).
Two muskox have also been hanging around the sewage lagoon outside of Cambridge Bay and I was able to take a few photos after work one evening this week. Actually, I went out three nights following work as the light has not been the greatest and also because it has been fun going out to see them so close by. It has been awhile since I’ve been able to see muskox so close since moving to Baker Lake. (A quirky note: muskox is a game animal and falls into a group that allows ‘zero plural’. That is, plural of muskox is muskox while ox, a domestic animal, should have a regular plural applied to it. That is the plural of ox is oxen. Of course, there is always exceptions to the rule, e.g., sheep, is sheep if it is one or many!). – Sophia