5th of October 2002 - What will happen from here?!
I have decided to leave my boat in Nanisivik, the northernmost mining village in Canada. The mine stopped production last week and all the miners are heading back home after 27 years of zinc production. I had the privilege to get here on the last day. It is a bit sad to see the mine shut down and everybody leaving Nanisivik but that is life and we have to look ahead and not back.
I would like to thank all the miners and their managers for all the assistance they gave me. They have gone out of their way to make my life as comfortable as possible while I am here waiting for the logistics crew to arrive. A big and sincere thanks to the Nanisivik mine.
The logistics crew arrive today so we will immediately set to work and get the boat out of the water to prepare it for the long, harsh winter.
Otherwise, it appears that I will have to wait a while for the water to freeze up completely. To leave on kayak now would be too difficult because there is too much ice, but if I can wait a few weeks, I will be able to leave on foot pulling my sledge and supplies behind me. Not so keen about waiting but that's life! In the meantime I am getting to know the local people. Their kindness and hospitality is amazing.