September is by far my favourite month, just like many of you, it is a time to harvest the gardens, enjoy the beautiful colours, feel the chill in the air and, in the north, August and September celebrate the return of night and the amazing Aurora. Aurora viewing has become a well-organized tourism experience in the NWT. Combining with Indigenous cultural experiences, tourists are getting a treat as they meet the people of the land and watch the Aurora reflected on our multitude of still lakes.
The biggest reason I have for loving September, is the annual pilgrimage to our family cabin on the Taltson River, a 20 minute ride to this river system and Deskanatla Lake. North of Fort Smith, the Taltson River originates in the east and flows parallel to the Slave River into Great Slave Lake.
In our early days, my parents used to pile all of us six kids and two lab retrievers into a Cessna 185 four-seater floatplane for a twenty-five minute flight. It was a time of closeness for our family and we learned so much about being northerners and the connection to thousands of years of chasing food in the fall. We were hunting for moose and sometimes black bears. We learned to fish and set nets in the special spots on the river. Time was also spent hunting ducks and grouse, snaring rabbits and learning how to work hard, to eat well, keep warm and, have fun together!
Fur was always the way we kept warm - hats, mitts, neck warmers and now my warmers. Fur is simply the best for the cold weather up here, even in September and early October. I have a few pics in the photo gallery and will be adding more to share this very special place.