Monday, August 10, 2009

This is Bubba

And he is a muskox.Bubba is a lone muskox. He looks pretty old, and for the last 2 or 3 days we have seen him alone lying in the sun by the beach on the way to the lab. He has been getting lots of sun, lots of rest, and hasn't been eating too much. We didn't realize it until zooming in on photos we'd taken, but he's also only got one horn left. Maybe he took on a muskox he shouldn't have?

In order to get the laser aligned, we ended up staying at the lab working until 1:30 am one night. That was cool because although the sun does not set, it does move around the sky, so at 1:30 it was in a part of the sky where we never usually see it because we're asleep. This day on the drive home we saw some really nice reflections of the hills off Slidre Fjord.

We went for a walk last night, all four of us, and saw some cool plants on the way.

Today we went down to the ocean so that Bruce could put his hand in. Two of us were brave and got in above the ankles. The faces show just how pleasant this experience wasn't, especially compared to the swim in idyllic conditions this past week! It was ICY!

The laser is aligned and we're all set up to start measurements as soon as it gets dark in the fall. We're heading back to Yellowknife tomorrow morning, then back south the day after that. This continues to be an awesome trip.

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