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Jun 20, 2010 - Namibia

June 11, 2010 Namibia is a land of sun and desert. It has a desolate beauty that is moving in ways I wouldn't expect. There is so much sand, and rock, and grass that blows in the wind and shines in the sun. Running Our morning runs have become some of the best moments of each day. The first time in Namibia, we were running from our campsite outside of Fish River Canyon (which happens to be the second largest canyon in the world, second to the Grand Canyon). As we ran, several herds of springbox and orynx gazelle ran ahead of us. But the...

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Apr 19, 2010 - Leaving Nunavut, and a short trip home...

Time is just flying... It's with mixed feelings that we prepare to leave the North for warmer destinations... We have had a great final month here. The days are now long and the weather less fierce now. We've had a few days where we haven't needed our parkas and have enjoyed the sunshine and bright skies in jeans and hoodies. We've been dog-sledding with Paige (the mayor's wife) who is training her pups for the dogsledding races coming up. It was such a great experience to help her feed and harness the pups, and then to watch them "learn"...

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Feb 9, 2010 - Aurora Borealis

Feb 9, 2010 The Northern Lights were AMAZING tonight. They've been incredible the last six nights in a row, as a matter of fact. But tonight, we drove out of town and saw the green and blue lights just dancing - and at one point, it was like a green fireball blazing through the sky. According to Inuk legend, if you whistle at the Aurora Borealis, they will come down closer to you and dance. However, you mustn't whistle TOO much at them, or they will come right down and touch you, and you'll die. I have to say I found this to be true on...

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Jan 26, 2010 - Arriving In Rankin Inlet

Jan 26, 2010: Life in Northern Canada is an experience that is so drastically different from my southwest home in BC, that it's hard to believe it's the same country! We arrived in a storm - not a full-fledge blizzard or anything, but winds were over 70km per hour in -39* temperatures (which feel like -50 when you factor the wind in). The flights were delayed (but not cancelled), and Shaun and I spent some time waiting for a connecting flight in Churchill, Manitoba. Churchill is known as the polar-bear capital of Canada, and I heard some...

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Jan 4, 2010 - DREAM

DREAM Shaun and I have been "dreaming" and planning for a "year of travel" for over 12 months now, and it's hard to believe that this dream is becoming a reality. Taking a year "off" is no small undertaking, and has pushed us beyond our comfort zone on many fronts. I was granted a rare one-year Unpaid Leave of Absence from my job (which I love), but was prepared to lose my job to go on this adventure. Shaun had to quit his full-time line and go to a Casual position. Even now, it is the first week of January, and we still have not found...

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