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Old Oct 9, 2010, 10:51 PM   #1
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October 9th and the small pond where I shot the muskrat pictures now has footprints and snowmobile tracks across its frozen surface. Winter comes fast here.
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Wow Ira.

winter sure does come fast. i like the leading lines in the snow on the first shot.

i didnt realize how far north you were, i google mapped your city, wow! that is about as far north as it gets.

if you don't mind me asking, what does 1 do in a city that far north? what businesses run up there? i am sure it has to be a small town? sorry for asking, i just find it fascinating.
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Old Oct 9, 2010, 11:04 PM   #3
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Wow, and here I was complaining about being too hot in another thread I just posted (mid-80s today). Thanks for the pictures!
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Old Oct 9, 2010, 11:07 PM   #4
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Wow Ira.

winter sure does come fast. i like the leading lines in the snow on the first shot.

i didnt realize how far north you were, i google mapped your city, wow! that is about as far north as it gets.

if you don't mind me asking, what does 1 do in a city that far north? what businesses run up there? i am sure it has to be a small town? sorry for asking, i just find it fascinating.
This began as an aboriginal community for the Inuvialuit but oil exploration in the 1970s brought a temporary prosperity that dried up when oil companies aimed at prospects that were cheaper to produce. The population is about 900 people, due to the pingos and the ice house there is a small but steady tourist trade in the summer. It is accessible by sea during the summer (barges down the Mackenzie River from Inuvik being the main supply route) and by ice road in the winter (season 2 of Ice Road Truckers was about the Inuvik Tuk road), from late October until mid December costs here escalate due to everything coming in by air. There were hotels and restaurants, but they have closed due to the loss of the oil business. If oil prices rise again Tuktoyaktuk may return to its past prosperity.

The school I teach in has about 200 students. There are two general stores, a small airport (gravel runway) and some major facilities to service the ice road. Not a prosperous community, but one which still has hopes of a bright future.
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Thanks Ira, very interesting. i wish you and your community the best up there, and keep up the good work at the school.
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I admit, I looked up your location too...you are up there. I had never seen a 'muskrat' before...interesting critter.
I have been wanting to move to a small town...not that cold or far north. But, would love to visit it.
Like your other shots on your blog.
Cool that your a teacher...and nice you want more community involvement...not much to do in the winter...or shoot outside...if one wanted to venture outside much.
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Wow - not much time between first snow and ice hard enough to walk on. I've always been interested in the fact so often things quit in fall. Down here in the mountains it's considered mud season and few want to visit then. I remember hearing talk from my in-laws about how this would be the season so many people would be off - waiting for the dirt roads to freeze so they could safely get the log haulers into the bush and everyone could go back to work - loggers, truckers and sawmills. That was often several weeks, not a couple of days.
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Wow - not much time between first snow and ice hard enough to walk on. I've always been interested in the fact so often things quit in fall. Down here in the mountains it's considered mud season and few want to visit then. I remember hearing talk from my in-laws about how this would be the season so many people would be off - waiting for the dirt roads to freeze so they could safely get the log haulers into the bush and everyone could go back to work - loggers, truckers and sawmills. That was often several weeks, not a couple of days.
Mud season here lasted less than 2 weeks.
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Very nice, Ira.
I can't say I envy you though, cold and I don't get along too well.
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Wow! So, looks like even if you wanted to come home now it would be a huge chore to do it. Glad it's you and not me. I don't think I could take the cold either. But, I do commend you for what you are doing there.

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