Monday, August 26, 2013

Road to Nowhere

It seems as though every community in Nunavut has a road to nowhere - basically where the last of the roads end before they stopped making more road. In Baker, our road to nowhere is about a 30 minute drive from the house, and it ends at the Bridge to Nowhere. Someone told me what the bridge was built for, but I honestly can't remember right now. It literally is a bridge that leads to...nowhere. The road ends on the side of it, so it's simply a bridge over a river that doesn't let you go anywhere.


It was a rare day that both Jeff and I were able to be home from work at the same time, so we jumped into the neighbour's car, and headed out to see what a bridge to nowhere looks like. I sat in the back with Pepper, and it was a long and extremely bumpy ride to our destination. I'm actually quite surprised Pepper didn't get carsick since he's not used to the motion, but he held on like a champ.

The drive itself, minus the many bumps, was quite pretty. It's amazing that you can drive a short distance past the last street in town and literally be surrounded by no "real" sign of civilization. Just open space and sky every direction you turned. It makes you feel like a tiny speck in this great big world of ours.

The bridge itself is a pretty busy spot - because the river is so clear, a lot of people bring empty water jugs and fill up from there. You can see the truck in the distance where people park to walk down to the water's edge.


About 10 minutes before reaching the bridge, we noticed an impressive rock formation at the top of one of the nearby hills and decided to stop there on our way back. We had to hike up the hill (the soft grassy parts were squishy and I kept imagining we were stepping on people...I know, I know. I need to stop watching zombie movies!!) to get to the rocks, but it was totally worth it. Once we got to the top, we had such a great view of the surrounding land that we didn't want to come down! The rocks itself were stacked so densely that it must have taken a long time for someone to do it. There were also blueberries growing all over the ground while we were up there, and I was tempted to pick some, but we decided to leave them for the birds and the sik-siks.


It was a beautiful day, surrounded by beautiful views and an one of those experiences we are so thankful to experience. :)




-L

3 comments:

  1. The bridge is there so people can access hunting grounds on the other side of the Prince River by ATV

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    1. ohhhh that makes sense! Thank you!

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  2. An Inuk friend of mine talked about how a traditional Inuit cosmology held that there was "void" above the sky (think of the sky as a dome). I wonder if the "nowhere" is related somehow.

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