Happy New Year!

I suppose I should put in the other photo’s I took, but wait for those in the slide show I am making.

Oh no! Another travelogue slide show? I promise – I won’t bore you too much!

I arrived back home on December 3rd – no delays returning home, only delays on the way up. No sooner than I get back home, I get a call from the boss asking me if I’d go back to replace Mike when he takes his mid-tour break. So I’ll be back in Alert in next month for 3 or 4 weeks. Three weeks if they allow a runway handover. So I will have seen the sun set (through all the cloud we had) and will view the same sun rise. This will be the 7th trip back up there. Good thing I like it up there!

So, stand by for more news & photo’s from the north.

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

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The Leaning Tower of Pisa has 296 steps to reach the top. This blog was viewed about 1,100 times in 2010. If those were steps, it would have climbed the Leaning Tower of Pisa 4 times


In 2010, there were 46 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 92 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 23mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was July 5th with 25 views. The most popular post that day was About.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were obama-scandal-exposed.co.cc, android-vs-ipad.co.cc, ehmac.ca, mail.live.com, and imobilereview.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for “most northern wedding”, cape belknap cemetery arctic, and dan mikkonen and roxanne get married.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


About June 2009


Heading back to the high Arctic March 2010
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Boxtop I is in the history books August 2010
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“1st Contact” September 2010


Pink Moon & the rare Arctic Pink Geese! October 2010

Pink Moon & the rare Arctic Pink Geese!

Yesterday afternoon, the moon was in the north-eastern sky, with the sun below the horizon to the south-west. The moon had taken on quite a pink glow. But by the time I was able to stand still, and get a semi-half-decent shot, the moon was changing colours again.  It now looks a bit orangier in this photo.

I failed to bring up my tripod or monopod. As you can see from the following photo, I have a difficult time standing still. The runway lights look more like geese flapping across the threshold! Well, maybe in my case they aren’t so rare!

Hockey Night in Alert

Some of the guys have been hard at work making a hockey rink outside. It isn’t regulation size, but it will last until at least July next year! All they need now are to have their skates shipped up.

It is perfect for broomball too! Where’s my shoes? Drats – down south and I head back in just over a month. I think it would be great getting Lance from CFTO up here making the rink sides (we do need those!) and some NHL’ers or Old Timers. That would be a hoot. But I’ll be long gone by the time anything like that happens.

It’s fun anyway – even with the windchill out there now.

Noon-day light

I headed out to take a few photo’s just after noon today. Here is a view of the sunlight streaming up & well over me. It is an extended dawn-dusk period now, with pinkish hues throughout the ever shrinking daytime.

The temperature was -14, with a 25 km/h wind. So there was drifting snow and a windchill of -24. Not too bad for Alert!

Final Sunrise/set today

The final sunrise/set of the year occurred in Alert today. A gaggle of people headed off to Crystal Mountain this morning to view the last glimpse of the sun. Some took off on snowmobiles leftover from a spring exercise, and even more piled into BV’s. I stayed in to work, as I didn’t think much would be seen. The snowmobilers arrived first, and viewed what looked like sunlight behind some clouds. Then the rest arrived in BV’s, just as it fogged in – they saw nothing. I saw pretty much what they saw, without going anywhere. I like my photo of the sunlight actually hitting the ground from the other day.

Dinner was served at 1700 hrs (5pm) , and then a bunch headed out for a bonfire. I was in & out all day today, so I stayed inside where it is a bit warmer. It was around -20C out there today. I’ll stay put where it is 40 degrees warmer, thank you very muchly!

I was going to take a photo at 1220 EDT, the official setting of the sun, but it was all white. Just look at a free patch of this web page, and that is pretty much what I saw outside for most of the day!


The last of the sunlight

Out and about today, I was watching the sun as it skirted along the horizon. Not that I saw it at all, as it rose behind Crystal Mountain, and set behind Mount Hilgard &/or the US Range. Sunrise blends in to sunset,  and the colours are amazing. Whereas down south (in south-eastern Ontario, and most places south of here) sunrise and sets take place in a matter of minutes, here they last for hours on end. The leaves are changing colour down south, but the sky is constantly changing colour up here.

Looking out to the northwest toward Feilden Peninsula, I saw the sun glowing brightly on parts of it. It didn’t reach the ice today though. With it slowly sinking, and the island topography, we’ll be lucky to see it again prior to its last official setting on Thursday at 1220 EDT. That will be the last of it until February 27, 2011!

We’ll still have great colours for a couple more weeks, before its light sinks completely out of sight. By the end of October, it will be quite dark.