Two: Wednesday, August 24
We plan to
depart for camp after lunch. The early risers among us are up to take photographs or to
walk along the beach. Even those savoring one last morning in a real bed have time to
explore the Co-Op store and to walk through town.
At lunch time, however, the rainy, windy conditions
continue, and we face a weather delay. We read or nap in our rooms until we get the
"all clear" signal at 3:00. Then there is a flurry of activity to load the
luggage into a truck, make one last use of the indoor plumbing, and walk to the beach. Two
teams of dogs, chained along the path to the water, watch us pass by.
On the beach we identify Northern Fulmars and Glaucous
Gulls. Katie spots an ermine on the hill leading back to town. We each get fitted for a
survival suitthose bulky, bright orange suits we are required to wear at all times
on the boat. We load a rather large pile of gear and luggage into what looks like a small
boat, and off we go.
It is about a four hour ride. We skim the edge of Baffin
Island and leave the town of Pond Inlet behind. The clouds are lifting, and the glaciers of Bylot Island roll down to the water like
blankets of clouds. We pass icebergs of blue-white ice like crumpled origami. When we stop
to take pictures of one iceberg, a ringed seal pops up to investigate. We see the spout of
what is probably a narwhal, but it is moving fast and we dont see it again.
We turn left into Milne Inlet. Here the hills of bare
brown rock rear up sharply from the water. The inlet is a bit more protected than the open
sound, but we still become chilled from the long ride. Dave and Marianne give us cereal
bars and hot chocolate, and Charlie pulls the boat over for a warm-up and comfort stop.
Our camp site is on the northern side of Koluctoo Bay,
on a gravelly beach with a fresh water stream. We struggle to set up our tents against a
fierce northern wind. After Carols tent blows into the bay, we are reminded of the
importance of anchoring our tents with rocks. The dining and cook tents are erected, and
Marianne prepares spaghetti, salad, and cake for a much welcomed dinner. Its after
midnight by the time we fall asleep beneath the midnight light.
Click links below to continue reading about our Arctic Narwhal Adventure
Day 2: Wednesday, August 24, 2005- We
head into the wilderness
Day 3: Thursday, August 25- Our first
Day 4: Friday, August 26 A parade of
narwhals makes our day
Day 5: Saturday, August 27 Exploring
& fishing Robertson River & the falls
Day 6: Sunday, August 28 Narwhals
offshore by our camp!
Day 7: Monday, August 29 A rainy windy
Day 8: Tuesday, August 30 Breaking camp,
launching the boat
Day 9: Wednesday, One last day in Pond