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.