I drove up to the Met shack to see a stunning, yet frightening sight. There were eight wolves outside and I was in my truck waiting to be able to get inside the building. If there was one thing that was for sure, I was not going outside with one wolf - let alone eight wolves roaming around! So I sat and I waited. 

They ran around the truck a few times while I sat there and watched. They were playing, rolling around in the snow and "marking their territory". This kind of made me feel weird because does this now mean I'm part of the territory or am I invading? Either way, I don't like it. They starting fighting and nipping at each other and once glimpse of the teeth was enough to remind me to stay put. A giant ball of fur that weighs roughly the same as me with razor sharp teeth and large claws + its gang of seven? Not happening. 

I honked my horn, I howled at them, I used an air horn but it was all to waste. They roamed as they pleased and finally took off after about 15 minutes. I ran as fast as I could inside the building and then, as I'm sure they could sense my fear, they came back, sat outside my window and looked at me as I typed away at my email. 

They are much more beautiful from inside. I really like the "Zoo" approach where you won't be attacked or be the next meal and you can observe from the safety and warmth of the office. The last is a picture of why I'm still scared, not so cute now, hey? Yikes!

Until next time, here is something that inspired me this morning.

5 simple steps to happiness: 
Free your heart from hatred
Free your mind from worries
Live simply
Give more 
Expect less



  1. These photos are incredible! But I admit I would be pretty scared too - a whole pack of wolves?? Eek! But they are also stunningly beautiful.

  2. these shots are so gorgeous.... and wow.... wolves... outside your truck.... wow...

  3. Hi Kristy

    Sorry that I haven't written sooner. You're pictures and commentarys have been incredible! Happy to see that you're really enjoying the arctic and that there's good people up there with you. Keep doing what you're doing and I can't wait for the first sunsrise pictures.

    Dave McGuinness

  4. gorgeous! you are an amazing writer...person, friend and photographer!!!

  5. oh what lovely wolves, oh wait the one at the end, not so much, pretty dangerous, I think you got the right attitude, let the beasts play around and don't approach them. Maybe if you played some music, they would have went away sooner. Well stay safe and keep positive, love the photos.
    J. Chartier

  6. ohmygosh, are you serrrrrrious??!! This is insane! You must be having some crazy adventures.

    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  7. Oowh... your pictures are great!! But that situation is not..
    It's good to have being in your truck!!
    And, did you have found the site where I saw a link to your blog?!
    With love, Herma

  8. Beautiful!

    I'll be asking for a high res copy to get printed and framed.

    Love Chris.

  9. Oh my God. those are scarey(you know my feelings on dogs) and to be that close to a wild pack of Wolves; Wow. OK you are definely one uping me with all the experiences you are having there. The idea of a coffee table book of the pictures during this deployment will be amazing. Knowing how artistic and such a excellent writer you are I'm sure that it will be a huge hit and everyone will be wanting a copy. Can see the sales now. Looking at these creatures must rid your heart of any hatred and see how life can exist in such a simple place. The requirements of life are simple, family and friends who care and not afraid to express themselves. Remember my saying to you "Live small but have a big life". The big life is what you will remember not the big things you accumulate unless its more friends and family along your journey. Mom is smiling everyday, she is/I am/we are so proud of you and to see how you are growing everyday into a more beautiful and strong person makes us feel that as parents we are the ones who must learn from you now. I love you and miss you DAD. Keep the pictures and writings coming so more can enjoy you.

  10. Holy cow...that would scare the heck out of me. I'm afraid of domestic dogs, I couldn't even think about meeting up with those bad boys! (and girls probably!) They are quite beautiful when you can see them from a safe vantage point but I'd stay inside forever! I like your 5 steps to happiness...so true and I think you live all of them! Have a safe week!

  11. Oh My little girl, not so much now. Can not begin to even put myself in your shoes. So so scarey. I said so so scarey. I don't know if I can see the beauty in those creatures surrounding my little girl. I wish that I was with you, when you, at one of your most frightening moments, could have been there to hold and protect you. But I wasn't, that is how I know your are now a grown up. I love you so and am so proud of you, I only wish my Dad was here to share these moments because it would be just another thing he would want to share with everyone he new. Hugs and kisses babe xoxo. Love mom

  12. I think I see a familiar face or two...good to see the pack is doing well, and you too! Take care!


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