Going Up South

18 May

Fort Liard is located at the confluence of two rivers, the Petitot and the Liard.  The Petitot flows into the Liard, the Liard flows north to the mighty Mackenzie, which eventually flows north past Inuvik into the Beaufort Sea.  Since the rivers were, and still are, extremely important lifelines for those who live here, it’s pretty natural that they impact on the local worldview.  For those of you unfamiliar with rivers, the direction in which a river flows is referred to as "downriver"; similarly, the other direction, from which the water flows, is "upriver".  In Fort Liard, the upriver part of town is "up town" and the downriver part is "downtown".  Since the here water flows south to north, it is natural for people to say that they are going "down north" or "up south".  And up south is the direction I’m going today.

Since Michael has our vehicle  in Yellowknife, I am borrowing a friend’s SUV to go to Fort Nelson to pick up Shannon.  She doesn’t arrive until 7:45 PST, which will be 10:45 EST for her.  (And this, after going to the airport at 4 a.m.!)  It really makes you appreciate what a huge country we live in.

Thrifty person that I am, I will take advantage of the trip to Fort Nelson to get some fresh produce, recycle my cans and bottles, pick up some items for friends, and generally run errands.  It’s hard to believe that in a couple of months, this bi-weekly ritual will no longer be necessary.  I don’t really know if this is a good thing, as the current lack of shopping outlets means one isn’t constantly tempted to constantly buy things.  It’s an excellent money-saving strategy.

It’s hard to remember, when the weather here often tends to be so gorgeous, that we really do live north of 60, which means that it can snow at any time of year.  Yesterday’s rain has turned into some really cold and heavy drops that I have to admit are pretty much sleet.  Thank goodness the plants here (including my infamous tulips) are hardy enough to withstand this kind of weather!  Ah, spring in Fort Liard!  I wonder what the weather is like up south.


One Response to “Going Up South”

  1. Nemmy May 18, 2005 at 8:02 am #

    Sunny and clear here in Niagara. Have a safe drive and say hullo to Shannon from me!

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