Hitting the Highlights: Aurora, Ice Roads, et al.

Trip Start Aug 01, 2010
Trip End Feb 16, 2012

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Flag of Canada  , Northwest Territories,
Friday, February 18, 2011

We've had an awesome past couple days.  Both our families are visiting us in our new arctic home for the first time.  I'm living like a tourist in Yellowknife again; trying new restaurants and exploring new shops.

It is so cold here that we can keep a 'freezer' out on our balcony. So our caribou and arctic char are out in coolers with bags of frozen veggies and frozen juices.  It was time to bring some of that meat out and cook it up for our company.  The frozen caribou roast was quite a challenge. It was a massive, solid, block of meat! We needed two men, a hammer, a crowbar, and a saw to hack off a decent size corner. With the amount we separated from the whole, we did a huge roast, made a stew (my favorite), and (fried up with onions and mushrooms) a shaved caribou sandwich. Tons of food! And there's still some left! It was all delicious!  We also did an arctic char baked in herbs and butter, one fish was just enough for five people and a bit of leftovers.
I was really hesitant to go back to Bullocks. We'd been twice before and suffered through the most horrible service and ridiculous expense. ($40 fish and chips!?!) but they do have good food and it is kind of a must-see restaurant. Going with our parents was the best experience we've had there so far. Maybe because it's winter and there's werent too many tourists, it wasn't really busy. We had a lot of fun and the pickerel was awesome.
My parents were also very impressed with the restaurant Fuegos. They had not expected such classy dining in a little northern town. We had an awesome dinner that night, wild boar, duck, pickerel, and fillet mignon with chocolate lemon creme brule for desset.
The three of us met for lunch at the Black Knight Pub one day, another 'must-go' location in Yellowknife. This was my parents first time in Yellowknife and I think we were lucky enough to hit almost all of the highlights. We had some beautiful aurora dance for us one night which we watched from just outside our door.  They got to the Heritage Museum, toured the RCMP building, and they really enjoyed morning coffees at Javaroma.
Ice Riders: One Sunday we took a long drive out the Ingram Trail.  We veered off the highway at Prosperous Lake and drove on the ice road there for a while. Sometimes it's a bit unnerving to drive on the ice, your mind is telling you that this doesn't really make sense and maybe is a little dangerous. I kept thinking about the carload of us 'falling in', but with the ice being feet thick, I kept telling myself that could never happen.  I was surprised how hilly the landscape was out that Prosperous way.  After a little tour around, we continued east towards the end of the Ingram Trail, which is Tibbit Lake.  Senica and I had made this drive once before in the summer. The end of the road was just water. Now, it was just snow and ice. Here at Tibbet Lake, the Ice Road continues on way up north for hundreds of kilometers to the mines. We saw some Ice Road Truckers heading out on their trek, wondering if they'll be on the show...
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