sunnuntai 15. elokuuta 2010

August 14th 2010

Amundsen Gulf

70º38.92´ N, 127º30.82´ W

I hate to repeat myself but it really has been awfully grey up here on the Arctic Ocean. On Thursday evening, which was our last in Tuktoyaktuk, the sun came out for a few hours and everything looked Oh, so bright and beautiful. We even talked about wearing T-shirts the next day and getting suntanned. Understandably, our hopes were high when we woke up the following morning and what did we see, nothing but GREY! We were completely enveloped by fog as thick as pea soup, except not green but grey. The fog had rolled in during the night and did not lift until late Saturday afternoon when we were well on our way to Cambridge Bay. There were a few clearer patches every now and then, but most of the time we were engulfed in thick, damp fog with no visibility to speak of.

Until now, the radar has been our only means to detect anything there is to detect which has been absolutely nothing so far. It is as if we were the only vessel in Amundsen Gulf which, of course, could well be the truth. We know that there are boats coming from the east but they are all still on the other side of Peel Sound waiting for the ice to retreat.
So, we continue our lonely transit towards Cambridge Bay where we should be sometime next Thursday, weather permitting. There are a few anchorages along the way but we have decided to use them only in case of emergency. Our goal is to get to Cambridge Bay as soon as possible, take fuel, hopefully find internet connection and then continue straight to Gjoa Haven, which is the place to be when Peel Sound opens up. At the moment, we take one day at a time, and try not to worry too much about the future.

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