Sadly bidding farewell to Inuvik
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We sadly bid farewell to
Real honest discussions with people like Ruby and Tom, who shared their reality of living in the
Maybe it was the camaraderie of those who’d made the difficult, dusty, and long journey by Dempster or by plane- nobody got there by accident- nobody was heading onward – everyone intended to arrive and enjoy
Regardless of the source, the spirit of the town makes us yearn to return – I’d love to spend a year and experience the winter, the skidoos and dogsled teams, the community cleanup, ice break competitions, the ice road to Tuk at the
And so we took care of final preparations for a return journey down the Dempster- laundry, library book return, blog update with library internet access, and a quick swim at the wonderful Midnight Sun Recreation Complex community indoor pool.
Our teacher friends from
What a thrill to see my new friend, Ruby, and her terrific son, Jas, show up to swim at the same time. We had met a few days ago when the kids were swimming – what a neat person she is!
The Visitor’s Center closed half an hour before we got there, so although we’d heard a rumor that the Dempster was closed, we headed down figuring we’d find out as part of our adventure. So far, so good.
We crossed on the first ferry and stopped a few minutes after 9pm for gas in
Ruby was very kind too and had contacted her Uncle, who still lives in
Then! While we were admiring it all, who walks by on his way up the hill but our Ferry driver from our very first ferry crossing! He asked if we recognized him, which I did of course, especially since I just uploaded his picture on the blog today. He kindly pointed to the nearby cemetery and said that the four officers of the “Lost Patrol” were buried there and he escorted us to their grave, pointing out the Gwich’in Chief’s grave and that of some of his dear relatives. It was a sad jaunt for him, so we were particularly appreciative of his guidance. Upon parking tonight, I found some reading material on the Dempster and it mentions the graves. Of course, I wouldn’t have found that info in time had he not reached out like that. Again, there are just so many friendly, helpful, kind people.
We continued down to the Gwich’in Visitor’s Center, to the campground here. There is one other tent here and the Center was closed, but we found a spot and will pay up in the morning. It is beautiful here and I’m hoping to see wildlife. It is near midnight and clear as twilight. I wish the sun were out today instead of overcast because I want my own picture of the midnight sun, not just a picture of Rob’s picture from a few days ago!
Speaking of wildlife, we saw 3 red foxes tonight on the Dempster, one of which had a large bird in its mouth and had just crossed the road. Then I saw a HUGE moose jumping through the bushes about 15’ from the highway, going away from us on the passenger’s side. It was so big and close that I could barely yell out to the kids, I was so surprised. In the 3 hours on the highway tonight, I think we saw 6 other vehicles total. Mr. Robert, at the Gwich’in Visitor’s Center, said that on a couple occasions he has driven the Dempster and not seen anyone at all on the road. He’s seen them at the rest stops, like Eagle Plains, but not while driving. Wow.