I know you’ve been waiting for this moment as much as I’ve been! There was no fanfare when I set off on Friday, July 6, 2018, only light rain, a covered sky and an outside temperature of 5 degrees Celsius.
During these past few weeks, I had hoped for ideal weather conditions for this special moment, but sometimes you have to take what nature gives you. So, since the depression passed and the wind let up and as the weather is expected to improve over the upcoming days, it was time to cast off.
Summers are short in the Arctic, so I can’t afford to let it pass me by.
I got a little choked up when saying goodbye to the crew of the tug “Kelly Ovayuak” which had welcomed me aboard since I got back to Inuvik last Tuesday. I’ll never be able to thank Captain Franklin Lea and his men enough for the generosity they have shown me. The luxury of an enormous breakfast, a hot shower, a comfortable bed, easy access to weather reports, ice maps and so much more. Yes, it was absolutely wonderful! I’ll be dreaming about it for a long time to come that’s for sure and I’m thankful for the generosity that has been shown to me throughout this adventure.
That being said, I’m happy to get back to life aboard Icade, despite the freeze-dried meals and spartan accommodations, because I am finally fulfilling the dream I have had for three long years. Three years during which I often had to roll up my sleeves and move heaven and earth to make all of this possible. It seemed as if those three years would never end. And yet here I am today and it’s happening! Now everything has taken shape around me, I am floating along in a reality that I have designed, thought out and imagined every day without fail for the past three years.
A new chapter has opened up, but for the time being I have no idea what the future will hold. The only thing I do know is that it will be full of new and sometimes completely unexpected experiences.
I would like to thank everyone for your enthusiastic messages and support. Although I’m leaving the coast behind, I’ll be taking you along with me as I make my way through the Northwest Passage.
Updates will be coming soon!