I finally took advantage of the 24 hour daylight, and headed out into town after work to see what Norman Wells was all about. It’s a pretty little town, I don’t think I could live here, but it’s interesting to look at. It’s mostly houses, at least where I am, with the camp I’m in being the biggest. I walked past a few stores, a dental clinic and a hotel. I also saw the legion, the golf course and the fire hall.
It’s all set against a beautiful back drop of mountains. Mountains to the south, mountains to the north.
The houses are up on stilts, most everybody has an ATV, and flower beds are almost non-existant. Roads are gravel and mostly you see trucks parked in driveways.
The area around Norman Wells is just as beautiful. We drove out into the mountains on Friday for a campfire and I walked down to Jackfish Lake. Perfectly calm, and still light at 10:30 at night, it was exactly how I thought a northern lake should look.
The scenery from my sites is almost as nice. We’ve been taking a barge across the MacKenzie River to this island for work.
I’ve seen one black bear, two cranes and many, many frogs. Bugs aren’t as bad as I was expecting, and the light hasn’t been a problem for sleeping. It’s the longest day of the year, and the bright light at 10 pm is a novelty. I’m heading home on Wednesday, but would love to return to the north for a non-work related trip some day.