In a week I shall be aboard the Ocean Endeavour, heading out of the Northwest Passage.
This is my third trip as historian with Adventure Canada and it will be another incredible adventure. This time we’ll be sailing into the High Arctic!
Next Saturday (September 10), I fly to Edmonton to meet the other staff members and guests. Sunday, we’ll fly to Kugluktuk in northwestern Nunavut to board the ship, charting an eastward course to King William Island. The itinerary is not set in stone because of uncertain ice conditions, but the general sailing plan is to head north, transit Bellot Strait, visit the monuments on Beechey Island, stop on Devon Island, then sail farther north to Grise Fiord on Ellesmere Island. Then we’ll pay homage to fallen explorers at points in Smith Sound, visit Kap York, Greenland (where Robert Peary stole the huge meteorites– the main source of iron for the Inughuit), and travel down the glorious coast of Greenland to Kangerlussuuaq where we fly home on September 26.
Today, six days before I leave, I am rolling up my maps, reviewing my PowerPoints, getting out my polar fleece and packing my duffel bag for high northern fun.
But… I am also packing up my house, because I’m moving two days after I get home. Good thing I’m heading to the Arctic. I need to chill out a bit!