November 9, 1998

Went to Gypsy's for breakfast.  Met up with the Garrisons from the buggy trip and we had breakfast together.  Afterwards, off to the Tundra Buggy souvenir shop for a quick look--as they decided to open for two hours, again today before they left!  Yeah!  Stopped in the Arctic Trading Post shop to check out some of their merchandise, then over to the Northern.  Both the Trading Post and the Northern (which is a department store) both still purchase furs from trappers!  I stopped by the Seaport Hotel to say good-bye to all the other buggy people as they are leaving to return home.  Then off to Parks Canada office.  Unfortunately, all were tied up in a meeting and even later attempts at getting information were unsuccessful for the day.  From there, over to the Post Office to inspect the new $2 Polar Bear stamps that were released on October 27 of this year.  I had lunch at the "launch pad" in the Complex building.  It was incredibly good!  (This is the place where I had the wonderful donut last week!).  Then the balance of the day was spent studying the stone and ivory carvings in the Eskimo Museum.  There I met Lorraine Brandson, the curator of the museum.  She spent some time talking with me and other visitors about this one of a kind place.  This facility is the finest and largest collection (and probably the most valuable) of Inuit art anywhere in the world.  It simply is one incredible treasure after another.  Also, are a few stuffed animals:  polar bear, ptarmigan, snowy owl, infant polar bears, tundra wolf, and lemmings (Finally, I saw a lemming, even though it was stuffed).  A lemming is a small tundra animal that somewhat resembles a hamster.  This museum devoted to the preservation of the Inuit carved art form is maintained and supported by the Roman Catholic Diocese/Diocese of Churchill Hudson Bay.  What a fine thing to do.  I tried to photograph many of the carvings (see Nov 9 photographs).  It is getting darker earlier now.  About 4:15pm.  Returned back "home" to Don's to work on updating these pages.  There are so many photographs that this is going to take a while!!  I left for dinner at Gypsy's.   I had their special of hot dog and soup.  It hit the spot!  The place was full of a photography tour group that was all excited about their recent photo-conquests!  Then, back to work!  When I walked back to my house, there was a blue truck in the driveway.  I walked into the kitchen, and on the computer was an envelope from Tamarack Rentals, with the truck keys in it for me.  I had asked to rent a truck for a couple of days (to be returned Wednesday night at 6) so that I could make it to the far reaches, time allowing.  What is so neat about being here is this example:  On the envelope was only my name and the business card.  No forms, no papers!  Just trust!!  How nice. As I recall, that's how it happened last week, when someone was on our town tour, she didn't have the money at the end of the tour to pay for it at that moment.  No problem, just stop by the office when you can.  No names taken, no notes made!  And what's really neat about all of this:  she did go to the office a couple of days later and paid in full!  Well, I decided to do something different for a couple of hours, and went to the movies!  The movie cinema is in the complex (where else).  They show movies Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.  Monday is the slow night.  It had only four people in attendance!  The snacks were good and the show was interesting.  When I was here in '95 the cinema had just opened and they were showing "Waterworld".  They showed it's reels in the wrong order and the horizontal/vertical lines were messed up!  (It was really funny!  And, they actually told people to come back the next night for a free showing in the proper order!!).  Tonight everything was spot on!  Sarah (the gal that is staying at Don's, and she also works at the Lazy Bear) has stopped in to see how things are and we had a nice visit for awhile. Now time to work on these pages again.....