Well it’s been 2 weeks since we arrived in Aklavik,and a lot has happened in that time.
Of course our first task was to set up home in our new house. We are living in company supplied housing, it’s nothing flashy but it’s very comfortable, warm and Lori has done an awesome job at making it our home. One of the best things about the house is it’s only a 40 second walk to work for us, makes the morning comute that much easier.
The kids settled in very quickly to their new surroundings. I was actually amazed at just how quick. The first Monday we took the kids to their new school. They are attending the Moose Kerr school, and if you didn’t look outside you’d think it was a school in any major city. The kids are in the same class much to the disappointment of our daughter. After the first day we had 3 boys knocking on the door looking to play with our son. A perfect sign that all went well.
It’s nice having the kids come home for lunch each day, firstly because we get to see them, but also because it forces us to stop and take a break in the middle of the day. It’s often very easy to just get caught up in work all day long. It’s very much a slower pace of life here. There’s no longer the mad rush in the mornings to get out the door… Drive kids to school… Get to work…. Finish work… Pick kids up and so on. For the first time in a long time we have breakfast together each morning before we all head out at the same time for school or work.
We certainly have noticed the extra quality family time since being here.
The other bonus of being here is how well you sleep at night. Since the first night I’ve found my sleeps to be uninterrupted and deeper. Could be the Arctic air, or perhaps the stress of life just didn’t follow us here.
One of the highlights of the past two weeks was my road trip to Inuvik. This was my first time on the Ice Road. This road takes us on the Mackenzie Delta River system.
The Mackenzie delta is a maze of channels, cutoff lakes and circular ponds, which are home to a large muskrat population. The delta is 80 km across, bordered by the Richardson Mountains in the west and the Caribou Hills in the east. Below Point Separation the river splits into 3 main, navigable channels: East Channel, which flows past Inuvik on the easterly edge of the delta; Peel Channel in the west, which flows past Aklavik; and Middle Channel, which carries the main outflow into the Beaufort Sea. Tuktoyaktuk, northeast of the delta, is the transfer point for river and ocean cargo; its harbour is open from July to late September.
To say this was an amazing journey would be an understatement. For the locals it’s just a road that’s open in the winter months, but for us southerners it’s amazing. Driving on this ice road wasn’t as bad as I’d imagined, it’s pretty wide compared to others and we’ll maintained. There are a number of hairpin like turns that if you don’t notice could see you in some deep snow. You do need to really focus on the road… Everything is white so it’s hard to tell where the turns are, they do put road signs up but often the fall over and just not there.
This weekend is Easter and also the Jamboree weekend here in Aklavik. Last night was the feast, and a full schedule of events for the rest of the long weekend. Should be fun.