You know, it’s a good thing that the site is really intended primarily for me. I’m probably the only one who can make any sense of it. I was looking at it again tonight and I realize that my recent entries are all all over the map – no pun intended.
The main reason for this inconsistency is this fabulous scanner sitting on my desk. That in the fact that my old slides are a mess – definitely not well organized. So I thought that I would give you some background and try to make some sense of the pictures I’ve been posting lately.
Many of you already know that I spent 17 months as a government contractor in Thule, Greenland from 1985 to 1987. Without a doubt the high point of the trip was my visit to Erik’s cabin. My friend Erik – a genuine mountain man – built a cabin approximately 8 miles away from Thule airbase. Erik ran the crafts shop on base, had access tools and lumber. Over the years he constructed a cabin in one of the world’s most remote locations. I was lucky enough to spend a few days with him in his cabin.
We snuck out during the winter under the cover of 24 hour a day darkness. Erik drove the Honda 3-wheeler and I rode on the dogsled behind him – headphones blasting Jean Michael Jarre all the way . Soon after we got started, I fell off the dogsled and broke a rib, but there was no turning back. If it became known that we had left the base, we would surely have been sent back to the states. (Residents of Thule were confined to base for nine months out of the year.)
The two shots shown here were taken shortly after we arrived. You can see that the temperature is -26 degrees centigrade. Now I know how to calculate Fahrenheit from centigrade temperatures up when they’re above zero but to find out what minus 26 degrees centigrade equals in Fahrenheit, I had to consult the Web. The answer? 26 below zero centigrade equals approximately 14 degrees below zero Fahrenheit – far from the coldest temperature I experienced in Greenland but fairly chilly.