Over the past 8 months, the missus has been studying for her Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation and working her fulltime job as a Finance Manager for an ad agency. This means she studies most evenings after work and has class every weekend and even though we were working together for the same company, we didn’t have our weekends to do fun things together. And now that I’m at my new job, we aren’t seeing each other as much as we want to and we aren’t getting to explore the Northern winter as much as we wanted to either.
Last week, she wrote her final (the first final of the first year of three years of school) and kicked its ass. Like, she OWNED it! I am beyond proud of her. So on our holiday Easter Friday, we decided to go for a drive on the search for some bison.
If you don’t know anything about where I live, Yellowknife is at the edge of the Arctic, in the heart of the wilderness and is only 512 km south of the Arctic Circle. As a city we have 20,000 people and it is an actual city, but if you drive outside the city 5 minutes in any direction, you feel like you’re in an area where no one has ever been before.
Before our cross-country drive from the East Coast, we had never seen wild bison and unfortunately we came across them at hours 18 and 19 of our last day of travel. It was dusk, we were tired and we didn’t know what to expect from them and even though we saw about 300 bison, we didn’t get any photos of them.
This is what sparked Friday’s drive on the road to nowhere.
We drove south, towards Edmonton, which is 1,500km away, for about 275km stopping to track some tracks and see if we could find some bison.
This was the closest we got…
But I was determined to find me a damn Bison.
This is about as close as I got.
And then I found some deep snow.
Some VERY deep snow.
And then I got stuck.
I eventually got out and even though we drove 550 km over 6 hours and didn’t see one effin’ bison, I did get some great shots of my two ladies and got to spend some quality time with the missus. And YES, this is actually Easter weekend, 2012 in the Northwest Territories. Still lots of snow.