Friday, July 12, 2019

Arctic Vacation, Somerset Island, Canada: July 12, 2019


On our last day at the Arctic Watch Lodge on Somerset Island we rode E-bikes on one of the trails and up the crest of a hill. Switching the E-bike into red for the climb made pedaling almost effortless. Unfortunately for Dan, his E-bike was incorrectly calibrated so he struggled up the hill with no electric assistance. At the top, our guide Drew rebooted and recalibrated his bike and riding was much easier for Dan except that we had no more uphills to navigate.


Looking down from the crest of the hill we saw seven muskoxen below. They were very far from us, but that was the largest group we had yet seen. While they were too far for me to see, Drew told us that there were six bulls and one cow in the group. Mostly, they just looked like rocks from where we were standing.


We rode back to the lodge for our last lunch--pizza. We retraced our path to the airstrip and waited for the plane to land, disgorge new passengers and supplies, and allow us to board.

Landing on Somerset Island
From Somerset Island the plane detoured to Resolute Bay located a few kilometers on the other side of the Northwest Passage and on the southern tip of Cornwallis Island. The plane was picking up cargo and delivering supplies to this remote town. One of the pieces of "cargo" received was a lovely cat named Cookie. Cookie, in a cat carrier inside the plane, was on her way to the SPCA in Yellowknife. When we arrived in Yellowknife the SPCA person told me that Cookie was sent for neutering surgery and once stable would return to her owners in Resolute Bay. Life is more complicated in the Arctic.

Despite not seeing any whales or bears, we had a fabulous vacation, and I can't say enough good things about everyone at Arctic Watch Lodge that worked to make sure it was fabulous.

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Arctic Watch Lodge, Somerset Island, Nunavut, Canada WeberArctic

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