Paddle2Peaks: Hour to Hour YoYo

So from Climber Smurf’s picture above, it’s not hard to tell that we are still in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Our day began at 5:30 am with our first call to Air Labrador dispatch to find out if we had good enough weather for flying. We could get out of Goose but there was a very low ceiling in Saglek. It was the same at 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30 and 1:30. After lunch, we stopped in and met with the folks at Air Labrador and realized that we weren’t getting out today so we didn’t need to make the 2:30 or 3:30 or 4:30 pm calls. The first eight check ins were a bit of an emotional yo-yo as we would anticipate/hope for the weather to clear and then have our hopes dashed over and over again.

Between each phone check-in, we went explored in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, finding all kinds of fun along the way. We spotted the two canoes made by Joe Goudie at the Chamber of Commerce/Tourism Information Centre.

We found ourselves hanging in a “jungle” for the 12:30 pm check-in so Climber Smurf wanted to immortalize the moment.

After the 1:30 pm check-in, we all decided we needed ice cream from the A & W.

While the team was checking in with Air Labrador at 2:30 pm, Climber Smurf visited Northern Labrador in his mind…to or at least by photo-bombing a poster in the charter office.

At 4:40 pm in the Destination Labrador office, I saw this cool map of where we’re headed. The colourful areas represent ocean depth. The poster represented more detailed charting of the coast for purposes of tourism. We’re hoping to end up climbing 2 peaks on Grimmington Island (directly to the east of White Bear Island under what looks like two snail antenna). You can see that they studied Hebron and Saglek Fiords in detail.

These are our boats at 5:30 pm…all packed up with no place to fly…yet…hopefully tomorrow…but more likely Wednesday. Tomorrow may be a repeat of today with hourly checks…we’ll call again in the morning at 6:30 am and see…Thanks for tuning in as we practice patience for our outbound flight.

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