Nome sweet Nome!

It’s been a few weeks since we hung up our winter gear and settled back to our former lives. Since personally that means lounging about Miguel’s at the Red River Gorge, I thought I’d take the opportunity to post a few pictures from the end of our adventure.

Last stop in Canada, Tuktoyaktuk

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Pingos (mounds formed by thawing and refreezing tundra) rise in the distance

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Another failed fishing attempt by Dave (moments before Ningo nabbed the onsight!)

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Dave checking out the local ice-cave, an underground freezer dug into the permafrost

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Ever heard the phrase “sitting ducks”? Dave finds out what that really means on his hunting trip with some locals!

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Tuk is at the mouth of the Mackensie river so there is a LOT of driftwood

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A critter swims across a puddle

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Dave caught with his figurative finger in another pie

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Andrew surveys the bridge of a very kind tugboat that hosted us for a few days

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The Dodo entertains for a change. Hard liquor (a novelty in a dry town) mixed with game and dried Arctic Char (kind of like smoked salmon), not a bad evening!

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An early warning base (remnant of the cold war)

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A scene from another early warning base (this one torn down)

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Steve coming in for landing on an abandoned airstrip

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A cool license plate

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Locked and loaded! The guys load up their lockers with treats for the final stretch to Alaska

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Stormy seas hit us hard on the final stretch

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Steve showing off his handiwork (a 2 metre rip in the main)

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We sailed by some crazy colored slopes…

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…and enjoyed some amazing slow-motion sunrises

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Dave taking down the sail for the last time, a somber moment

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Bob making the final peach and rhubarb crumble of the trip

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Steve, as usual video editing while the real work gets done

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Clint giving his famous celebration pose

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And finally we reach the US of A!

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The land of gas-guzzlers!

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Our last port of call, former gold-rush town, Nome Alaska

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After we landed in Alaska we rented a car and explored some of the surrounding country including an amazing hot spring in the middle of nowhere

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A creepy abandoned homestead near the hot spring

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First-ascentionist of the Northwest Passage (1903-6), Roald Amundsen

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No, we couldn’t see Russia across the strait!

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Nome’s primary industry these days? Extreme gold digging, performed with giant under-water vacuum cleaners and men in wetsuits (under the ice in winter), all filmed for reality television of-course. Pictured here is one of the many trawlers that cruise around.

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Local bling, moose antlers

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Yup, it ends here…

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Another faux-la-bear sighting

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Hangin’ out at the local saloon

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Andrew peering out from a bright pink outhouse toilet

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Snow capped peaks around Nome

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Our first caribou sighting!

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Found in the Nome museum! Unfortunately we couldn’t find any locals who would play it for us…

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Well, that’s all folks!

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