new years: ice fishing

I woke up today with a smile on my face. It’s hard to believe where I am sometimes. When I look at a map I can’t even fathom how far I truly am from everything and everyone. Just to put it into a bit of perspective I’m closer to Moscow, Russia than Ottawa and the nearest major city is Stockholm, Sweden. Crazy, hey?

On New Years Eve morning, we woke up early and had a great breakfast. It was big fatty Friday and Saturday for me and I filled up on bacon, eggs and hash browns. Delicious. I’d say the one thing I constantly look forward to here is meals. The food is always outstanding and you get to sit and talk with everyone. There are always so many laughs and I’m so thankful there is such a great group of people here. It really is like your own little family.

Around eleven we got into the BV and went off the road towards the lake we were going to be fishing on. Wildlife count: 2 arctic hares. One was surely suicidal as it was running full tilt towards the vehicle. I’m standing behind the fact that he wanted to see the light again – very understandable. When we finally got there the boys got out and drilled the holes. I would like to thank my parents for making me a lady at this point in time because the three girls got to sit inside the BV laughing and staying warm while the guys were out in the cold. Thank you boys for doing the dirty and chilly work!

Warmed by the glow of a lantern and a wood fire we sat in the shack fishing, sharing many laughs and stories while listening to some great music. It was an amazing experience just to be out of the station and doing something new. How many people can say they went ice fishing at the North Pole on New Years Eve?! This gal. I caught two Arctic Char – which were delish with some onions and lemon! – And overall had a wonderful day. We finished off the night with dressing up and playing many games at the mess and toasting champagne at midnight.

People have been asking me how my feelings have been since I’ve arrived. There have been times where I am sad, that I have been scared and certainly where I have been missing home but there are many more times where I am thankful to have such a unique experience, to be living here and learning so much each and every day. I am not going to lie, I am still afraid of the dark but being brave isn’t that you aren’t scared it’s what you choose to do with your fear.

I want to thank everyone again who has sent me cards and care packages and well wishes on my blog. I read every comment and I assure you it always makes me smile. I am so thankful to have so many people who are there for me and I hope I’m making you feel included in my journey here. I really wish I could just share all that I am experiencing, so I will keep trying one post at a time.

Happy New Year to all, I am so very excited for what 2012 is going to bring.


  1. Thanks for the post. It was fun to share your life in your first week North of 80 at Alert. It is still as much fun to follow you now. I'm glad you're still enjoying your tour. There is still much to see and the sun is about 8 weeks away. That time will pass quickly and you will see the real beauty of this frozen land.

  2. Have a great year!
    J. Chartier

  3. Hey Beautiful,

    You look like you are really enjoying yourself. Not many people will be able to say they went icing at the NP. Truly unbelievable. You look drop dead gorgeous,how many guys or girls put the moves on you. You almost make me wanna be gay (just kidding). It was nice to hear your voice again and dad did have a little tear in his eye and a knot in his throat. He is so proud of you, you just can't imagine. All those garage outings you missed because you weren't a boy, means nothing to him now. I, too, am very proud of you. I hope pappa can some how see you there because he was so proud of anything you did. He'd be bursting at the seams. Nanny asks about you everytime I talk to her too. You keep safe and take this big hug from all of us and wrap it around yourself tonight. love you always & forever Mom xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

  4. I really like the pics and the story you wrote about Alert, good to see you are well and are enjoying yourself.


  5. Hey Kristy! Great to see you are still doing well up there! I love reading the posts, and even others comments...your Mom is hilarious! Keep lighting up the darkness, and Jim is right, the sun will be up soon, and you will discover a whole new magical side to Alert. If you need anything, just call down.


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