Monday, May 01, 2006

Breaking trail

I went out on the sea ice for the first time. We went for about 8 miles. It was incredibly beautiful. There were huge chunks of blue striped ice and polar bear tracks! Apparently these are a couple of days old and are from a big one.

I hit the ice a couple of times with the axe and now my arms feel like they're going to fall off. Stepped into a big crack that was covered up by snow. Had to hang on pillion on the back of the snowmachine which was really hard because it was so fast and bumpy but Billy (above right) let me drive the snowmachine on the way back! The small hills behind are glacial ice which is fresh water. The crunched up bits are pressure ridges. Any flat bits are young ice a year old or something like that.

They were on polar bear watch. I was too. They told me to look for snow that was walking. Now we are just waiting for the wind to change and the lead to open.


Anonymous big sis said...

absolutely beautiful ice, what temperature is it? 4 baby squirrels racing around a tree in the valley today. Zoo people are reading your blog.
..what type of whale will it be? Are the numbers the same as ever? Any sign of oil people? Would a polar bear attack? xxx

9:10 PM  
Blogger Ice Fairy said...

It's cooold! But I was boiling in the parka. Polar bears do attack. They also eat the boats because they're made of seal skin. But Van (who is in charge of Kaleak crew on the ice) says that mostly if you leave them alone they will leave you alone. Shooting is a last resort. xxx

2:29 AM  
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6:58 PM  

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