Thursday, May 31, 2007

DAY FIVE, IQALUIT, MAY 31/07

The Twin Beech is fueled up and ready for the next leg to Kangerlussuaq (otherwise known as "the Big Fjord"), in Greenland. Departure is set for tomorrow morning; as alway, weather permitting. All day long we've had off and on snow showers here with a chilly wind. The spring hasn't come to Iqaluit yet, say the locals, one woman adding that the continued cold is good for the baby seals. Ras fueled the plane this morning from fifty-gallon drums, a method he has not seen used in years (see photo).

Iqaluit International Airport is a fascinating place and incredibly busy in spite of its remoteness or, perhaps, because of it. The airport manager, John Graham, whom we met this afternoon, told us stories of wide-bodied jets on the great circle route between the USA and Europe, forced to land in Iqaluit with medical emergencies on board, and other such stories. The local CBC radio interviewed Ras this afternoon, as well, so you may well hear us talking on the air about flying through the air if the story is picked up nationally.

More tomorrow...

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

So happy you're safe and sound, and thanks for the wonderful updates! We're back from Paris...had a wonderful time and LOVE the book you sent to the boys, Mom. That is, the one you made! It's just terrific. Stay warm, have fun and keep us posted!! Our best to Ras & Ellen! Lots of love, Sheila, Willy, Jack, Charlie & Wyatt

Judith Fuller said...

Dear Ellen and fellow travelers, Great fun following the adventure. I thought I was cold here in Cape Breton. The photos although small give me some idea of where you are and the written record the sense of wonder and excitement at each new port and views in between. Bon voyage. Judith Fuller

Anonymous said...

wonderful, wonderful trip. up up and away, great trip. Looks real cool.

Margaret and Kumar Chopra