Every night little crystals fall out of the sky. If it wasn't cold, it would be dew. It just brushes away. It blows out of the trees if there is a wind.
This is a trail and it was cleared with a sweeper attachment machine. Sometimes they use a leaf blower. Most people just sweep with a broom.
We have loved going to the boat harbor. It is by the sailing club. We would watch the people coming and leaving. We watched newbies learning how to sail. It was a good place to fly radio controlled airplanes that land and take off from the lake surface. We watched over the weeks as people brought their boats into dry dock. We have seen people get out of their boats who looked like pirates. We have seen it in different stages of ice buildup. On Tuesday, we could tell that people had been driving on the ice. We walked out on it. And, please notice the sun. It is 10:30 am. The sun came up at 9:45 am. This is the way it is. The sun doesn't come up very high above the horizon. On Tuesday, the sun was up for 5 hours and 25 minutes. It stays on the horizon. When we drive home, south, this sun will be in our eyes for just less than 5 hours. We have our sunglasses ready so we won't be blinded.
This beautiful shop is a dentist office and a quilting supply fabric store. The fabric shop is a really good one. It is just through our parking lot. These two businesses decorated for Halloween also. They make such a fun community Christmas atmosphere. There will be lights on the main street and the government buildings. The community Christmas lights will come on December 15. We already did have the Santa Parade and we missed it because we were doing service.
This is the elementary school in our neighborhood. The playground is asphalt. There is also a basketball court The terrain in front of the school, behind that tree, is a giant rock. The playground area, not shown, is gravel. And all along the fence are grow boxes, that the children plant, take care of, and harvest. One day in the fall, 5 men crossed the street carrying a huge roll of something. They rolled it out and it was artificial turf. In the following days they brought in sand, poured it on the turf and brushed it in and off. They painted lines, brought in nets and then the children started to play on it. We don't know what game they are playing. It is hard to tell from the street because of the fence. Could be field hockey. When it snows the kids sweep it off with the brooms and play.
This ice is thick enough to drive on.
So we drove out on Yellowknife Bay. The people in the houseboats are driving out to their houseboats. Our car needs to be washed. It is just a little cold to get out the supplies. A person could have a good business if he opened a self-serve car wash.
The sled dogs raced by as I was taking pictures of those columns of ice in the background.
They were having fun as they raced out on Yellowknife Bay.
Elder Brown and Isaac Rodriguez were keeping busy on P-Day. I was making bread and buns. Isaac came from Mexico City, to care for his brother-in-law, Pablo. Pablo had more surgery and Isaac is a good medical escort. Pablo lives in Norman Wells which is 600 Kilometers from here, by plane. We had taken Pablo to the airport to fly home. Isaac was waiting until later to get his plane. We really enjoyed both of these men. We got to know them so well, and we really may never see them again. Thank goodness for e-mail.
Elder Gorsky, Elder Sinco and us, attend district conference via Skype. We are hanging out in the Family History Library. We Skype with the rest of our district, to the Millwood Stake, which is in the southern suburbs of Edmonton. It is over 1,000 miles away from us. Yes,the Canada Edmonton mission headquarters is 1,000 miles south of us. When we get home to Draper, the Canada Edmonton mission headquarters will be 1,000 miles north of us.
These are our friends Marcel and Lisette. They had us over to supper.
This is their dog, Suka. Suka is part wolf and part husky. She is really very gentle.
Suka has one brown eye and one blue eye.
There are lots of people who ride their bikes everywhere. I saw the cutest thing the other afternoon. There wasn't time to get a picture. But it will be good for you to imagine what it looked like. All the children in Yellow ride in jogging strollers that have covers over them. Many people transport their children in the strollers. At daycare places, there are a whole bunch of strollers parked outside. What I saw was a father riding his bicycle, steering with his right hand, and pulling a stroller to the side of his bike with his left hand. He was even riding on the road with packed down snow, and it was already dark. It looked so funny.
The deck is a good place to hang bikes and park strollers
We had a lesson with a woman. Here is Elder Brown with the two missionaries waiting for her to answer the door.
This is a short blog. We will be here a few more weeks, so I will send other blogs with more information. I have mixed feeling about our mission ending. In some ways, there is a natural break in things. In other ways, there is more we would like to do. We have talked and emailed the couple who is replacing us. They will be good for Yellowknife. The work of the Lord will go on. We love all of you. We will see a lot of you soon.
Love, Elder and Sister Brown, Mom, Grandma and Dadoo