My Solarboat Icade should arrive tomorrow, Wednesday, June 27, in Tuktoyaktuk… Finally! I have so often dreamt of this moment, I have been so eager for it to happen these past few days that I can hardly believe it. So its never-ending journey down the Mackenzie River aboard the barge which left from Hay River in mid-June should soon come to an end.
I’m still saying ‘should’ because I definitely don’t want to put the cart before the horse—as long as Icade has yet to actually arrive, before my eyes, ready to be put into the water, I will not be able to rest easy. But that’s the way it goes in the Far North where everyone must accept that they’re at the mercy of unforeseen events. And once you have wrapped your head around that, you learn to accept it as well. It’s obviously easier said than done!
I’m still keeping a watchful eye on ice conditions in the Northwest Passage—I’ve observed that they don’t seem to be in a rush to open up the route this year. Yet the initial analyses carried out show a rather alarming situation this year—the Arctic Sea ice extent is the lowest it has been in the past forty years. The facts speak for themselves, but who really worries about it? “World leaders” are much too busy consolidating their power, while those who are alarmed cannot be heard above the din of our tumultuous world. Communities here somehow make the best of it, but do they really have a choice?
I’ll see what happens in the coming weeks. For the time being, I have the strange sensation of being suspended between two worlds. On the one hand, there’s the world I come from—where everything is well-ordered and there are never enough hours in a day—and on the other hand, the world I’m in now—in rhythm with the seasons, where hours stretch out endlessly as the sun never sets at the end of this month of June.
Before long, we will finally be getting to the heart of the matter. Updates will be coming soon…