The warm sun has edged itself into the littlest cracks of Kugaaruk forcing the heat to evaporate all the water, snow and ice. We are starting to see roads, rocks and the odd bit of moss or bunches of grass? or what looks like bushes of hair..
Yesterday, Hughie and I along with our pups of course decided to take a walk to the Bowhead Whale Bone [Jaw] down by the bay. It was a beautiful sunny day and I so enjoy going for walks with just my hoodie. I am looking forward to the day when I don't have to wear my sorels...not so much for the warmth factor anymore but because of sink holes. I hit one last week while walking Chakotay ...not fun and rather a tad bit chilly.
The jaw bone looks huge up close, and I couldn't imagine hunting down that beast and dragging him to shore. Just thinking about him swimming through the ocean with his size astonishes me.
I have a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that I have two pieces of the Bowhead Whale in my house. I still have to take a minute and shake my head from time to time, if you would have told me 5 years ago that I would be living in the Arctic Circle I would have denied it to the core. Now, I couldn't imagine being anywhere else.
We did see some [alive] local animal life, an Arctic Squirrel [sicsic] ran across our path nearly taking me along for a joy ride when Chakotay saw him scurry up the bank of snow to perch on what we could only imagine was his home. The way he placed himself at the opening of his den I could only wonder maybe he was a she protecting her young. A beautiful creature, however I think the only thing that Chakotay was wondering about was more along the lines of "lunch".
We took our time just walking around with the dogs enjoying what I like to call "family time". Of course, Hughie and I see a lot of each other but even when we are sitting in the same room we are usually doing two different things. We only walked 5/10 minutes from town but you just feel this absolute peace and freedom being away from everything but each other