Fishing and adventure

It was a beautiful sunny day here in the Arctic and the four of us (from left to right: John, Ralph, me and Kirk) went to prep Lower Dumbbell Lake for the future ice fishing trips that will take place here.  We wanted to prep the holes and move the shack so it was ready to go for the upcoming trips off the station.

When we got there, we had to shovel about 3ft of snow off the lakes surface. This weekend we had winds sustained at 25-30kts which blew in a lot of snow over the flat areas around base including the surface of the lakes. After shovelling away the hard as rock snow, we drilled (and by we I mean they drilled and I took pictures) the holes into the ice with an electric auger. This is the view looking down the hole...

And a bit closer this is the hole that goes down over 8ft of solid ice! The lake is only about 12ft deep so it's pretty amazing to think of how frozen it is. I don't imagine the fish are too pleased being all cramped together down there. Hello! Can you say annoying neighbours getting in your space? A fish needs room to breathe out here! Needless to say, we couldn't make it through the ice and so fishing was a no go for us this time around.

Reaching into the hole and something caught me instead! (Don't hate me because of my photogenic nature.) We decided that since it was such a beautiful day we would explore over the land a bit more by BV and to be totally honest, it was absolutely breathtaking. It always stuns me when I realize there is literally nothing for as far as the eye can see.

The splash of colour on this rock was enough to make me gravitate towards it. It's amazing to see the different mineral deposits that coat the rocks beneath the snows surface. It's almost like you're on another planet. That's how I feel sometimes!

I find this photo truly captures the essence of the Arctic. Mountains and swirls of snow coat the rocky ground beneath. The cirrus that day looked as if it was stroked across the sky with a paintbrush. Absolutely stunning.

My goal is to get my teeth as white as the snow. I crest white strip.

We couldn't stop there after we saw what was beyond the ridge, so we hopped back into the BV and drove  onward and upward over the hills in the distance. Once we reached the summit, the view was postcard-esque. It seems that it all looks the same, but in person as you're walking around, the snow sparkling all around you and the tiny flecks of glitter (ice crystals) falling from the sky are enough to transport you to another world. It's magical.

The fissility of the shale beneath the snow peaked through the wind torn landscape to remind you of its rocky presence. It was all too familiar to me when I bent down to take this photo and managed to slice my knee through 3 layers of clothing! Owwwy! Being a professional (amateur) rock collector, I took some of the specimens back with me to the main station. How cool is it to say you have rocks from the top of the planet?  Oh it's not that cool? Oh, my bad...

Behind me in this photograph is an inlet from the Arctic Ocean. While the snow is still here, it is blinding to the eyes and everything is masked. To me, it seems like one giant white room. It's hard to orientate yourself and don't bother using a compass - it will point south!

This is the "Love Shack." Not sure why it's called that. 100% sure I will never find out. Either way, I signed the wall and I can say I've been there.

As the sun slowly dips in the sky (signifying that it's now "Night Time") we made our way back to the main station. These trips off base are so important for morale and I know many people who don't even venture outside on a daily basis. Although we are limited to how far we can go, it's nice to break free from the walls and see more of this beautiful landscape we have here.

Until next time :)


  1. Beautiful Kristy. I will see you next month.

  2. love the heart you put in to your photos!
    J. Chartier

  3. not really anonymous when you make a statement like that, Jimmy...

  4. It is beautiful again.. so wonderful!!!! Every picture is amazing.. so the last is ♥!! Enjoy your time there. With lovely greets, Herma

  5. Your pics are always so amazing! You are not one to sit in a room and not explore your world..you're a doer! Love it! Hey, you could stand there and shout "I'm queen of the top of the world!"..well, maybe not...

  6. Even before I read your description I was going to say that I thought the sky looked like a painting. Beautiful photos as always Kristy!

  7. Hey Babe; Great to see that your exploring the north. As usual stunning photos with unique descreptions. Keep that smile and love the heart photo. So proud everytime I see this blog and what your doing with your life, keep up the positive feelings. Love Dad

  8. It is called the "Love Shack" since Dan (Zippo) and Roxanne went there for their "honeymoon" after getting married at the Station (at least that is the story I was told...)


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