I saw a 1980's-era Mercury Grand Marquis drive by. If I wanted to pick the 5 most impractical cars to drive in Baker Lake, and I gave it careful consideration, the Grand Marquis would almost certainly be on that list. It's actually a beautiful car for its time - my Dad used to drive one, and it was quite luxurious, for the late 1980's. However, the conditions in Baker Lake (and most of Nunavut, for that matter) are particularly unsuited for a vehicle of its class.
If you've never seen one, think of a Lincoln Town car - large trunk, large engine, large passenger compartment, boxy shape - a very roomy car. It has rear-wheel drive, which is far trickier to handle in winter than front-wheel. The brakes are uber-sensitive, while the steering seems to float for a few seconds before engaging. The closest analogy I can think of is that it's like driving a boat on wheels.
Granted, there are a few vehicles here that seem to be out-of-place. I've seen a VW Golf, Suzuki Sidekick, even a Harley chopper - but none quite as odd as the Grand Marquis. I thought I was hallucinating at first. Anyway, that's not the focus of our post today.
Recently, Lily gave you her top ten essentials for living in Nunavut. Almost all of those items would be on my list, if it were my list. That said, I have some essentials to add to hers. Here we go:
|Baffin Derrick Boot|
|Canada Goose Expedition|
There you go. Some of my essentials to add to Lily's list earlier this week. I'm sure there are many more things, and we'll be back to add to our lists as we think of them, but this should get you started on thinking of what your essentials would be to make your life easier if you were living in Nunavut!