I Love the Arctic

Life there is almost like another planet. The sights and the experiences are unique and some are quite unexpected. Right now I live not too far from Whitehorse, which is pretty far north, but definitely NOT the arctic. One of the first things you have to get used to is the incredibly dry air. The static electricity is so strong that you can see the little zaps. The dryness pervades everything. Another thing is the "six months light/six months dark" baloney. The length of daylight changes almost every day during the time sun rises - being just about 12 hours right at equinox - just like everywhere else. The sun up all the time lasts about two and a half months, which gets pretty old when there isn't cloud cover. You have to put thick black plastic cover over your windows. And for a few weeks the mosquitoes are incredible. I prefer the winter. The dark is not total. There is - even on the shortest day of the year, about 45 minutes of 'edge of dusk'
light in the southern sky, and that light gets longer every day til the sun rises again.
 Although the dry air is very bad, and it is rather cold, it is still an unreal beauty. The sun is low on the horizon and casts an orange glow on everything. The arctic foxes hang around the edge of town. But you have to be careful of them. Many of them are rabid. Depending on where you are, you have to keep an eye out for polar bear. Sort of disconcerting, but not as much of a concern as rabid foxes. Even when the sun doesn't rise, there is usually a burnt orange/copper colored glow to the horizon which is just incredibly beautiful. The Inuit are genuine and friendly, but are adrift in the new world around them. Forget global warming. They are still trying to grasp such things as alcohol and Jesus. ****** has always been a 'dirty secret' among the Inuit, and there are many schizophrenics due to inbreeding. But out alone, away from lights, the Northern Lights are amazing, the silence is mystical and the crispness of the arctic air is like nothing I've experienced elsewhere.
yukon yukon
46-50, M
9 Responses Jul 26, 2007

"The static electricity is so strong that you can see the little zaps."----> could be from the solar wind aka northern lights? ______ "Depending on where you are, you have to keep an eye out for polar bear." ----> they actually get as far south as you? ____ "but are adrift in the new world around them. Forget global warming. They are still trying to grasp such things as alcohol and Jesus." ----> mostly true. but they are very educated on matters, and concerned greatly about global warming. ____ "and there are many schizophrenics due to inbreeding. " ---> not a fair assessment. Other factors are involved. I don't understand why people get so crazy about this subject. It's not as bad as people think. I know latin cultures where it seems like everyone is related. People forget that humans evolved in small nomadic clans. In fact, the only reason we don't notice the close relation to one another right now is because we have recently become a huge population of 7 billion in an explosion. Mental illness is usually caused by diet and other factors.

Thank you for the beautiful story...

thanks boedacia. although i had previously been living in southern Yukon, the real magic of the Arctic is farther north,where both light and terrain are even more extreme.<br />
places like north of Inuvik at Tuk, or along the Arctic Ocean coast in Alaska. as the crow flies, the distance from Whitehorse to Tuk is not that great, but add in the curve of the earth and the charges become drastic. that burnt orange copper glow on the horizon in the high arctic winter<br />
is to die for. i recall one scene in winter - horizon glow, the clear sky going thru shades of blue up to nightsky over head. just above the horizon was a giant pale quarter moon. it was like a scene from Neptune. so unlike anything i'd ever seen on earth. i'm still in the north - just southern Alaska on the coast. not so drastic.

yes yukon, I have for 25 years, there is a group I want to know more about you one of the prompts is I would rather lick a cockroach's belly than: My add on... move to town. The Yukon Quest is 25 years old and getting ready to start. It has been so cold this winter and I for one am thankful the invasive bugs are eating the northcountry. I love your descriptions and the light qualities. Those twilights are just so lovely. there as you know is that sidewalk sunday peachey color. Arizona has fabulous sunsets but they only last 20 minutes or so! (do they still sell them, vanilla ice cream and orange sherbet?) the northland misses you!

Interesting, Boedacia. Do you live in the Far North?

Oh how wrong you are jock playa... It is soo sad. The christian denominations carved up the north. so they wouldent have to compete, then they started baptizing and re-nameing the native's. You are now mary paul you her first cousin are now david peter, and you her other cousin are john joseph. All the families intricate geneological knowledge gone. The Athabaskans are of the same culture as the Navajo, There when two people meet the first thing they do is say I am such clan(mother) by such clan(father) and right then they know and young eligable people who have family ties will turn around a walk away lest they begin to like this person. in the north it is all gone. we see children with mutiple sets of teeth coming in and then there are all the mental problems, drugs, drinks, etc. and yes lots of ****** and child abuse which we know creates new abusers from many of the abused. add in church and clergy abuse. Hey jockplaya if you are joking its not funny, and If it turns you on I know a village who is looking for an idiot to stand in for those kids. interested?

I wish I lived in the arctic. That inbreeding sounds HOT!

Wow, thanks for sharing a story that is both different and very intriguing!

It sounds dangerously beautiful ( except for the inbreeding )