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Topic: Went north to see the Northern Lights and froze my nuts off
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Went north to see the Northern Lights and froze my nuts off

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Posted: Apr 3, 2019 7:53 AM
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So the wife and I decided to try and see the Northern Lights for our 10th Anniversary. After much debate and a favorable exchange rate, we settled on Yellowknife, NT. To get there it's a 3 flight trip from Atlanta (ATL -> MSP -> YYC -> YZF). She booked a plywood, off the grid, floating shack on Great Slave Lake just outside of town. Power is solar, water is pumped directly from the lake, toilet is composting, heat is propane. Power is limited to a pair of LED lights and charging cameras or phones. No TV, laptops, etc. Showers are limited to 5 minutes a day to save power and heat. It's meager living, but you're away from the city and the hoards of smoking, Asian tourists. Plus, it makes walking out on the lake at any time of the night to see the lights easy. We rented Arctic rated jackets, pants, boots, etc. It was rated to -100 and saved our asses.

We came to see the see the lights, and Yellowknife put on a #### show.











Me, controlling the universe

















This was our duplex. We stayed in the front half. It's Mo's Houseboat if anyone is interested.


Inside accommodations


Canadian Rape Van


Old town Yellowknife


What the lake looks like where there is no snow cover




While we were there was the Ice King Festival. They build a ridiculous castle each year and have comics, shows, etc, at night.










One of my favorite pics from Yellowknife. Ironically no lights.


After freezing our ##### off in Yellowknife (most nights were -25 to -30+ wind chill and -12 to -18 true temp) we headed to Rimrock in Banff. It's outside of town tucked way up on the mountain side.


Room view. Town of Banff down to the left.


The last few days we took the 1 up north toward Lake Louise/Jasper and saw what we could see.




















And lastly, we saw a whole bunch of lunatics back country skiing



#envy***

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Posted: Apr 3, 2019 7:55 AM
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Pigs of nuts freezing off or it didn’t happen.***

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Posted: Apr 3, 2019 7:57 AM
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Imgur deleted it.***

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Posted: Apr 3, 2019 8:41 AM
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Looks amazing up there

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Posted: Apr 3, 2019 8:04 AM
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Tote1 has a lot of ketchup to do on pigs

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Re: Went north to see the Northern Lights and froze my nuts off

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Posted: Apr 3, 2019 8:07 AM
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iP8_Dbvpi-A


shoulda paid up to get on the view side at Rimrock.

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Posted: Apr 3, 2019 8:16 AM
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wow, spectacular pictures, you planned and had a great trip.

TIL you can rent winter coats.

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Ironically, that's the 2nd best room you can get.

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Posted: Apr 3, 2019 8:42 AM
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Panoramic Valley view. It's from the 2nd highest floor as well. The suites at the end were the next room up.


I hope it was worth it.

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Posted: Apr 3, 2019 8:20 AM
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Being a eunuch now, I mean.


Watching Major Dad circa 1993

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Posted: Apr 3, 2019 8:39 AM
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was when I first learned what a eunuch was.


The entire American educational system rests on the shoulder

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Posted: Apr 3, 2019 8:51 AM
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of Gerald McRaney.


major dad.....lol.....must be a millennial.

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Posted: Apr 3, 2019 9:07 AM
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Back in my day we got our Gerald McRaney book-learnin’ from Simon and Simon..

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Today I learned Gerald McRaney is still alive

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Posted: Apr 3, 2019 11:08 AM
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and not actually a marine like his character in Simon an Simon was.

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And, he's still married to Delta Dawn.

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Posted: Apr 3, 2019 12:17 PM
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I mean, Delta Burke.




Looks cold af, wood dew. And I'll never get to do it,

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Posted: Apr 3, 2019 8:29 AM
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unless I get divorced. 19She is from the desert, and when the thermostat is on 72 (last night, for example) with the ceiling fan on so I can tolerate it, she has on full pajamas and 4 layers of blankets.

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#feels***

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Posted: Apr 3, 2019 8:35 AM
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You need to be careful over there.

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Posted: Apr 3, 2019 8:53 AM
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A desert woman will put a rattlesnake in your boots every time, so tread lightly, cowboy.


It was cold AF, but not bad when dressed properly...

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Posted: Apr 3, 2019 8:55 AM
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In Yellowknife at night I typically wore long johns, jeans, arctic pants, wool socks with arctic boots, and then a long sleeve shirt, hoodie, and arctic jacket. Face was covered with a balaclava and then a wool hat.

Interesting phenomenon was the moisture in the breath when you exhaled would go across your face and create little balls of ice on your eyelashes. When you went back inside the ice would start to melt and as you blinked they would stick to the ice on the other half your eyelashes causing your eyelids to stick closed.


Cool pics!

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Posted: Apr 3, 2019 10:41 AM
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I don't do cold, so I'll never go see it in person.

When you talked about all those clothes you had to wear first thing I thought about was



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LOL. That's pretty accurate.***

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Posted: Apr 3, 2019 11:06 AM
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It stays around 69 degrees under the sheets


Posted: Apr 3, 2019 4:22 PM
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At my place

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jelly.....the NL are on my bucket list

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Posted: Apr 3, 2019 9:02 AM
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I have to go to Calgary once a year and it’s never when the lights make it that far south. Looks like an awesome trip.

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Re: jelly.....the NL are on my bucket list

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Posted: Apr 3, 2019 11:09 AM
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It's only another 2-1/2 hour flight north to YZF. Town is chill and the pubs and brewery there have great food. Houseboat rent is cheap too. If you're already that close...


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Posted: Apr 3, 2019 9:18 AM
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Those photos impress me more than my words can express.

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Pretty cool.

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Posted: Apr 3, 2019 9:20 AM
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Great pics.

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I never ever saw the northern lights

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Posted: Apr 3, 2019 9:32 AM
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predictable

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Cat on a tin roof, dogs in a pile,
Nothin' left to do but smile, smile, smile!!!!


This is on my bucket list.

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Posted: Apr 3, 2019 10:37 AM
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You do need to go back to Banff in the summer though... it is beautiful. The lakes have an electric color to them.


Here are my pics from our first Banff to Jasper trip...

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Posted: Apr 3, 2019 11:05 AM
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We went to Banff and Jasper 8 or 9 years ago. Stayed in Canmore and then drove up to Jasper and spent a few days there, then back down to Banff and a few more days there.

Tried to recreate this shot I have of Peyto Lake:


This is the best lake, Moraine Lake. I really, really wanted to get a winter shot but it's closed during the winter due to avalanches.







Kickass trip

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Posted: Apr 3, 2019 12:04 PM
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how long were you there?


Re: Kickass trip

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Posted: Apr 3, 2019 12:35 PM
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6 days in Yellowknife. 5 days in Banff.


Re: Went north to see the Northern Lights and froze my nuts off

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Posted: Apr 3, 2019 12:31 PM
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Badazzzz my man. Nice work!

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Posted: Apr 3, 2019 4:56 PM
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That was the all time best post on Tnet. That was amazing. How much did it cost to do all of that?

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Posted: Apr 3, 2019 6:03 PM
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Probably 5-6K without the airfare to Calgary. We used Delta miles to fly from Atlanta to Calgary. The flights from Calgary to Yellowknife we had to buy. You can knock $1,000 off that if you don't want a rental car in either place.


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Posted: Apr 3, 2019 4:57 PM
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I agree, best post ever on tnet. Would

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Posted: Apr 5, 2019 8:23 AM
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Love to go sometime. Would you please post contact info for that house ?


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