Parts of Australia can be cold, bitterly cold and more so when you are unprepared. It is hard to think cold when you live in the tropics. A similar problem to trying to decide what to eat for dinner when you have just had lunch and are full. So unprepared we arrive in Glen Innes on the Great Dividing Range and even inside my mother can’t get warm in the hotel room.
A bit better rugged up but still cold we wait semi patiently for an event to begin on the edge of Lake Leman (Lake Geneva) for an event to begin. Although it is spring there is still a nip in the air.
Now this was cold. We arrived in Greenland expecting to be transported by boat to the town from the airport however bad conditions prevented the boat transport and we had the choice of walking or waiting. I chose to walk with no idea of what to expect.
So in thin winter pants, a jumper and parka I set out on the walk not knowing at that time that it would be across ice flows and fording streams. The wind chill factor made it in the minus temperatures despite being early summer. The most inappropriate part of my clothing was the material sneakers I was wearing. They were wet through after a very short time and my toes felt pain. Frost bite I think would be an incredibly painful condition to have.
The Inuit fisherman however looked as though he was not suffering the cold at all. It just goes to show cold is a matter of how prepared you are.
In response to Paula’s Thursday Special