Evening in Ilulissat
After dinner, we gathered in the forward lounge for an update on the engine problems. After a day of work by the ship’s engineer and the local machine shop, the engines had not been repaired to the captain’s satisfaction. The plan was to continue working on them all night. If it wasn’t fixable by morning, Adventure Canada would abort the cruise and send us home. We were definitely not going to venture across the open ocean toward Canada without two good engines.
These meetings involved a lot of questions and concerns Most of the passengers were understanding and supportive, but a few were aggressive and obnoxious in their outcry against Adventure Canada. I found that annoying. In these situations, you learn what people are made of.
We were in Disko Bay, and there was to be a disco party on board. Steve and I skipped in in factor of a walk to the UNESCO World Heritage site overlooking the mouth of the ice fjord. We walked with another family with two grown sons, plus some of the young adult staff, setting off at 11:30 PM as the big orange sun colored the sky and sank into the ocean.
It was delightful to walk and talk with these energetic, good humored young people, through town, past local children playing soccer at midnight, yards full of sled dogs and over a board walk until great icebergs loomed before us on the bay. Those who’d been here in the morning couldn’t believe how much the ice had moved. We climbed over rocks to a grand visit, with fishing boats down below showing how huge were the bergs.
Steve and I walked back with Andrew, the archeologist, who showed us a site where paleo-Eskimo people lived. It was 1:00 AM as we walked back through town, still light and hopping with young Greenlanders dressed up for a night out.