15.09.2015 - 18.09.2015 25 °C
Well, the third night didn't disappoint either! It was semi cloudy all day- we had a super super relaxing day......this place is awesome and I'd highly recommend it to anyone wanting to see the aurora. Given it is in the middle of nowhere (almost literally!) it is just a beautiful relaxing place. There were only 12 of us- 3 from Germany, 3 from Hong Kong, 2 from China, us three from Australia and 2 from Montreal, who were originally from Wales but have lived in Montreal for some 30 years. The husband, Peter, was a Chemistry lecturer at the University in Montreal!
We didn't see any bears but that was probably just as well, as the whole staying calm thing probably wasn't going to be our forte! We saw plenty of squirrels and we loved watching them- funny little buggers!
The aurora came up around 10pm and i photographed madly. Around midnight some cloud came over and we decided to head for bed. We'd just climbed in and then the aurora came out again. I was happy with what i had (photo wise) but Mick insisted I get up, load on all my warm layers again (big effort!) and head outside again. So, finally, around 3.30am I decided I was heading for bed.
As I had had such a late night we really just took it easy today. We were waiting for the float plane to come and collect us, and deliver some new guests, and take us to Yellowknife where we spent the night in readiness for a few more flights to Ottawa, for the wedding.
Yellowknife was a strange little town, very much like Geraldton. It is a mining town, with diamond mines near there, and there are a lot of First Nations, and a lot of unemployment and street people. I was rather dubious, and certainly wouldn't go walking around town on my own. We had dinner at a lovely little restaurant, as recommended by a local out at Blachford- a gorgeous Ethiopian restaurant. Go figure, right? But it was lovely, and a cuisine I'd definitely try again!
The next morning we were up at 3.30am to head to the airport- a lot of time is spent in airports! We flew to Calgary, where it was 1 degree, and then onto Ottawa.
Jack is getting used to the finer things in life- demanding that we have a room with a separate room for him, or, he suggested, as he is so big now (9) perhaps it would be more enjoyable for him to have his own hotel room, so he can have some space......and if he gets lonely he will pop over to our room for a cuddle......hmmmmmmm.......great idea Jack! :/
We arrived in Ottawa and headed to the Fairmont Laurier, built in 1912 at a cost of $2,000,000. Then the most expensive room was $2.00 per night! (Oh, how I wished it was 1912!) We had a great room though and the Fairmonts do not disappoint as far as architecture, beautiful baroque paintings on the ceilings and the whole hotel is just amazing, as have been the last few.
We headed out to Zoe's parents house (the bride) to have a BBQ. Here the BBq's have ribs...and they are to die for!!! We met a fair few of the other Aussies and a few locals. Everyone is so friendly, and we enjoyed hearing about everyones travels to get there. Some had come direct, some via Vegas (they were the hungover ones!), and we discovered that some were going to the Billy Joel concert at Madison Square Gardens in New York with us!
We headed home, exceptional tired and off for a good nights sleep, before sunrise, when I would be out and about again!
Here are some snaps!!