Sep 14th

2012

N68 133W – NORTHWEST TERRITORIES

A quick hello from Inuvik, NWT, at the end of the Demspter Highway.

Having an amazing time chasing the adventure and looking for beauty, which is easy to find up here. Harder to photograph, but oh! The Light! The sun describes a long low arc all day and when it’s free from the gauze of cloud, it shines warm and hot on the bands of yellow and ochre formed by the scrub and aspens. I’ve seen Humback whales (on the 15-hour ferry up the Inside Passage), black bears, grizzly bear, an arctic fox, and endless beauty. We crossed into the Northwest Territories in a blizzard, fitting weather to cross into the last piece of my childhood Canada that I’d still not visited. A number of years back the NWT got split into two territories and I’ve now got Nunavit to visit too, but when I was a kid studying the maps and dreaming about travel and exploration, this was the one place that most captivated me. Might have been the license plates in the shape of polar bears.

Speaking of vehicles, Emily (my Jeep) took a stray bullet as I drove down the Dempster Highway. She’s licking her wounds, which I’ve patched with superglue and duct tape from my medical kit, but we’ll stop in Whitehorse on the way home to get a new windshield. All part of the adventure. :-)

At the border of the Yukon and Northwest Territories.

Camped on the north side of Tombstone Territorial Park, YT.

Comments (17)
  1. September 14, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    What an adventure and to see and feel the atmosphere up there and on top of that all the animals. Would love to see humpback whales irl.

  2. Guest

    September 14, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Posts/Trips like this are so inspiring David. Good luck with the rest of your trip. Can’t wait to see more photos.

  3. September 14, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    This is so friggin cool I can’t stand it. How exhilerating it must be to take on such an adventure! Great pics – I’m sure Emily will recover nicely! Well done sir!

  4. September 14, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    You know you’re doing something right when you’re getting shot at, or at least that’s what they tell me.
    Looks like an inspiring land! Have fun!

  5. September 14, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Hello David in Inuvik! I just had to say hello because I grew up in Inuvik before there was even the Dempster highway (70-72). I’d LOVE to see more photos :) And I would love to go back there some day. Have a safe trip!

  6. September 14, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Totally awesome…..I mean it. This looks like a great trip that deserves a book of its own. Can’t wait to hear more…..stay safe and keep low!

  7. September 14, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Are you my evil twin? Looking at that first picture, I feel like I’m looking in a mirror.

    Colour me envious. I always wanted to go up there. Keep the pix coming. And tell us more about this “stray bullet”.

  8. Sandy Silva

    September 14, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    A stray bullet holy moly……poor Emily…but she is strong it will add to her batlle wounds and character on the road…. Am truly enjoying being a spectator on your adventure keep sharing the beauty…..and living your dream David!!!!
    Sandy

  9. September 14, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Colour me green with envy!

  10. Jason Barden

    September 14, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    What a journey! I’m terribly jealous!

  11. Dave Benson

    September 14, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    WOW… live the dream… what a perfect time for a blizzard…

  12. September 14, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Awesome , Thanks for the post.

  13. September 15, 2012 at 4:23 am

    Em got Shot! What the HEdouble hockey sticks! That’s crazy! If I were you I’d throw a giant hunter orange tuq on her for safety!

  14. September 15, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Wow! That’s a great image, & what a camping site.

    Have fun, stay warm.

  15. Adair D

    September 15, 2012 at 11:02 am

    beautiful fog…I have not been in Arctic Fall in about 20 years…enjoy the deep wilderness!

  16. September 16, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Flying rocks on the Dempster made me VERY happy I was not drving my own car! I can’t wait to see more pics.