August 1, 2005
Our final flight was the most exciting--a helicopter ride from the Cambridge Bay airport to the icebreaker Louis S. St-Laurent waiting just offshore. In only a few moments (we all wished our flight had been longer!) we were greeting the ship's crew on the deck of the icebreaker. It's amazing to think that only 24 hours ago we had left warm, sunny weather--here we are now surrounded by sea ice...
Once we arrived on the ship we hauled our bags through the maze of corridors to our staterooms. Not to make you too jealous back home, but I have quite the view from my room. From two large portholes, I can see out right over the bow of the ship--which today is surging through broken, melting bits of ice called "brash ice" as we cruise westward through the Northwest Passage. The sun, shining brightly in the clear arctic air, sits high on the horizon as I type this dispatch at 11PM.
For this month, join me on a virtual expedition aboard the icebreaker Louis S. St-Laurent as we head north, well above the Arctic Circle. Through dispatches and photos from the field, I will show you what it's like to deploy oceanographic instruments, watch polar bears lumbering across the pack ice, or even what we're having for breakfast. Welcome aboard!