Stuck in the Great White North

Trip Start May 02, 2013
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

I still cannot believe that I forgot my passport in Fresno.  After I stripped my plane and
emptied all my clothes...I had to do some investigating on where it was located.  I called every person I had been staying with for the last couple of days. I was very confused on where it could have been.  I KNEW I had it with me.  I was dumbfounded by this occurrence. 

The answer was the same from everyone; “Jack we searched everywhere and your passport is no where to be found.  I do not think it is here.”  This was frustrating because I was afraid I
may have lost it, or even worse, it was stolen. 
I had a very difficult time with this inconvenience.  I knew there would be delays along the way,
but this was inexcusable.  After exhausting all my contacts, I figured I would give my mom a call back.  I “knew” it wasn’t at my house in Fresno...or did I? 

After talking to my mom, I remembered that I was making a photo copy of all my visas the night before I left.  I thought I put it in my passport case, but that was obviously not the case.  I asked
my mom to take a look in the photocopy machine. 

She then said, “Okay, I will check but I just used it and I do not think it is there.”  Then, with a sudden reaction of joy and shock, she said “Oh my gosh it is here!”  I could still hardly believe that it was in Fresno.  I had a feeling of relief, immediately followed by a feeling of anxiety. I thought, “How in the world was I going to get my passport to the small 8,000
person town of Iqaluit, Canada?”

The morning after I lost my passport, I tried calling the state department to see if there was any way they could allow me to enter the country without a passport.  They did not
think it was possible, but still contacted the embassy in Reykjavik to see.  Reykjavik informed us that I would not be able to enter the country without a passport. 
I then started working on finding a fast way to get my passport.  We ended up having to get it shipped to Ottawa and then overnight shipped to Iqaluit. 

I received the passport on Thursday and left for Iceland on Friday!  My time in Iqaluit was coming to an end.  I enjoyed my stay but was ready to get on the road or sky….

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Nancy on

I passed through Iqaluit the day you left (I work in one of the communities further north), I wonder if I saw your plane. Glad you got your passport, and glad our customs guys didn't give you too hard a time when you arrived without it! Iqaluit would be a pretty laid-back place to get stuck, I would imagine. I'll be following your blog, looking forward to the upcoming legs of your trip. I got my pilot's license when I was in my 20's but never did anything exciting like this.

Peter M on

jack, like the picture of you holding your passport. A following picture with it blowing away in the wind would have been too funny, Godspeed.

Laura M. on

From your photos, Iqaluit looks the same on its website. Does the snow on the roads ever go away? I love your photos, keep them coming.

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