Tuesday, 31 March 2009

March 28th

28th March
We took the flight to Resolute this morning. The small plane stops in Iqaluit where you transfer to an even smaller plane for the 1000 mile trip north. Waiting in the airport, Mark was mistaken for someone who had agreed to buy a shotgun. How many other airports allow people to sell each other guns in the terminal? However, this turned out to be a stroke of luck.

While we were waiting (and trying not to buy a shotgun) we found out that bad weather in Resolute had cancelled our flight. Luckily the shotgun guy was Eric - the son of Matty McNair. Matty had recently led Richard Hammond’s dog sled Top Gear trip to the Magnetic North Pole – an expedition Mark had also worked on. Eric and his sister Sarah, who have both achieved some staggering expeditions themselves, were kind enough to put us up for the night.

So with an unexpected night in Iqaluit, Becky and Phil took the opportunity to take in a local concert by some local musicians. Apparently the accordion music really rocked!

Meanwhile it was -28°C in Iqaluite today; the locals are pleased to see that spring has arrived at last!

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