Tuesday, August 08, 2006


This time of the year is honestly better than Christmas! Everyone in town is talking and trying to guess the day the barge is going to arrive. And then it comes on the horizon and your phone rings off the hook as everyone tries to claim to be the first to see it coming! This is our second barge season and it is no less exciting! Last year we had a lot of our furniture and food come up on it as well as our new quads. This year we have all of our house renovations, food and stuff for my little crafting/sewing store I am starting up. We have lucked out and all of our stuff is actually on this first barge and we should be able to get it delivered tomorrow or the next day. I have no clue where will put the 7000lbs of stuff! Did you know our two kitties go through 600lbs of shitty kitty (cat litter) in one year? Crazy the stuff you have to plan for up here. After one year I think we got a lot of the kinks worked out! Enjoy the pictures folks!

Oh baby! There it is on the horizon! It is a tug pulling three platforms of goodies all the way from Hay River- our old home! In this picture the barge is on the other side of a big sand bar.

Alright, if you squint really hard you can see the barge waaaay out there!

Here it is a little closer to town. There is so much on those platforms! Last year we had our spotting scope out and we tried to spot our quads on the deck before it arrived. Surprize, we didn't see them!

So the ship pushes all of the barge platforms together to make one big deck for unloading. All materials are on top and the bottom is filled with fuel that is pumped into large tanks here. The barge brings up enough fuel for the entire year. The barge even travels with a couple of its own front end loaders to unload everything. People sit along the shore or come down on their hondas to check everything out.

We have 11 pallets and 3 cartons! We talked to the guy in charge and it looks like most of our stuff is in one seacan. So hopefully we can get the whole can dropped off in our driveway and we can unload it from there.

And this has nothing to do with the barge- but Tweak is just so damn cute! It has been over 20C everyday for over a week and the kitties are cooking! Here is Tweak in Matts chair. They fight over it, mainly because I sprinkle it with tuna flavoured cat nip when Matt isn't looking!


J Consortium said...

Ooh, barge. You'll have to post more about what you ordered so Jeff and I have an idea for next season. :) I wish we hadn't missed the barge season, because now we regret not bringing more groceries with us. We did manage to buy quite a bit to go with the movers, though.

That is one cute cat, too. Did you bring your cat(s?) up from the south?

Kayah said...

Hi Kara, glad you had a great vacation. I saw a barge like that loaded in Anchorage. It was amazing all the stuff on there. I love your pictures and how you describe things. I spent two weeks in Anchorage while you were away. I love the north country. Take care, Susan

Court said...

Hey Kara,
It's Courtney, what is your email address? We need to catch up!!!
Talk soon. xo

Lana said...


I am so excited that the barge came . . . you will have to post pictures of your new kitchen when its done! Have a great and wonderful day!