One Year Ago in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Last year my husband and I were living and working in the NWT. This is an area where
photographers go to get shots of the Aurora Borealis. It is also the jumping off point for
people traveling to the Arctic regions. So DH and I decided to celebrate our anniversary
by taking a dog sled ride way out to a remote cabin to get our own shots of the Northern
Lights. See all the dog houses behind us? It was after 10 PM before we even started and
somewhere between minus 25-30C. Notice there are no dogs outside their homes?
Even they weren’t dumb enough to be outside on a night like this one!!
I’m not real sure when it was that I lost the feelings in my toes, but I just kept thinking-‘not
to worry, we will be at the cabin soon and there will be a blazing fire there where I can thaw
my little piggies. But as we approached the cabin I did not see any smoke rising out of any
smoke stack! And that was because we were the 1st party to arrive, and therefore we would
get the fire going for the following parties. Well, as you can see, it didn’t take long for our
guide to get the fire blazing and my toes did thaw out-a bit.
My husband Tim, who relishes the cold and adverse temperatures, realizes he has a wimp
for a wife. So he got right to it with the hot chocolate making. A very good man I have there!
Our guide cooked and served us steak, potatoes, and vegetables. Yum! We made many trips out
for shots of the Northern Lights, but to no avail, they weren’t out. At midnight several folks
from Japan showed up to spend the night and it was time for us to head back.
We did see the Aurora Borealis as we were heading back once again on the dog sled, but
it wasn’t possible to get any shots then. The dogs were in full run and we were bundled and
wrapped up, making it impossible to dig out a camera. This is a photo I borrowed from the
web to give you an idea of what we saw. It was a wonderful experience & I can highly
recommend to all.
If I don’t post again before the new year, I wish all of my dear blogging friends a blessed
end to 2011 and may 2012 bring you contentment, good health, and may God bless you
with what you need to live a fulfilling life.