Post 5: Pondering What it Will be Like to Brave -40F

_MG_6943The team shot some new scenery last night that offers a flavor of some of the local environs in Yellowknife.  There will be more photos in a subsequent post, but here is one of our favorite compositions with an old mine on the road to our usual site of Vee Lake.

We tried for the comet, but the arctic twilight is so extended we couldn’t get it.  We did headstands while we were waiting…..Perhaps you think I’m kidding, but no, really we did (photos soon).

Our teammate Will is en route to Atlanta as I write this. We just exchanged emails before he got on his flight from Edmonton. Duke and I will carry on for another couple of days in hopes of catching some northern lights influenced by a recent Coronal Mass Ejection from the Sun.

Weather Office says – 40F tonight….which is the same as -40C.  It’s so hard to imagine that this temperature is about 100F lower than Atlanta or Salt Lake City was today. The camera equipment won’t work very well in such deep cold so we’re going to try going out very soon now.  We are in the Mountain Time Zone.

Duke and I moved from the Super 8 to the so-called Bayside B&B to save money.  We ate dinner in the adjoining Dancing Moose Café. I enjoyed a most delectable arctic char.  We’re in a cool location near the Bush Pilot’s monument – the high point in town.  We trooped up there after dinner and tried again to see the comet PANSTARRS conjoined with the crescent moon just after sunset.   Duke shot a photograph and we could see it very dimly on the camera screen but not naked eye.

Duke spoke with Marsha by Skype who saw the comet easily from their home outside Salt Lake City.   Aaaah well….no catching a comet’s tail, but oooooh did we catch some aurora last night on Will’s last night.  Spurred by an email comment from my dear friend and Kickstarter donor, Susan Carabello, I literally danced with the lights last night.

Now that Will is gone, I will attempt to step into more camera duty, however I will need more daytime practice, and tonight’s extreme cold is not a night for the relatively inexperienced.

As were out trying to find the comet, we felt the wind without out balaclavas (face masks).  The wind chill at such low temperatures is so amazing to me. I mean even with gentle air movement that doesn’t move a slender branch, the wind cuts into our bare skin and makes a burning, stinging sensation that cannot be endured for long.  We will bare no skin tonight as we move to brave the lowest temperatures I have ever experienced in my life.