Expedition beards.

by John Huston

In honor of the last few days of our wonderful trip here, we decided it’s time to share with you our wonderful, and not so wonderful, expedition beards, or lack of them in some cases.    

So, it also parallels the NHL playoffs, where players don’t cut their beards in hopes of winning the Stanley Cup. So we have with us our hats of our favorite NHL teams. So start with Toby. He is a Vancouver Canucks fan, sorry about that, Toby. And he has a nice fat beard though. He normally wears a beard, so you can see the confidence he has with the somewhat thicker version. The fun fact about Toby is he uses more toothpaste than anyone else on the expedition by far. Never had a cavity though. Next up is Hugh, who is from Ottawa, Ontario, and he is, of course, an Ottawa Senators fan. He normally has a beard as well, so he’s right at home with his current facial hair experience. And his is a little bit longer looking than Toby’s. The fun fact about Hugh is that dude can really put away the food. He can eat a ton.

And after Hugh we’ve got Kyle. Kyle is new to a lot of things, including growing beards, but he has a little measly mustache below his lip and above his lip. You can see that he’s not that happy about that fact and a little embarrassed with his facial hair in the photo you see. He’s wearing a Florida Panthers’ hat. He doesn’t know that hockey is even a sport, but he does know now because we told him that the Florida Panthers are the southern most hockey team in the NHL to correspond with his South African roots. And myself, I’m a Blackhawks fan. I have a nice bleached blonde goatee-looking thing on my face that Toby is proud of and I don’t know what it looks like because I don’t look in a mirror up here.

So, another side note with our beard-growing contest is that Otto Sverdrup is the king of the anvil-looking beard, and you can see that in the photo. So we wanted to see who could get closest to Otto. And without a doubt the winner in that contest is our dog Napu. Way to go on that, Napu.

Otto Sverdrup

Beard champion – Napu.

So we’re about to cross Eureka Sound headed towards Eureka Weather Station in a few days. We’re going to spend the next several days doing a lot of filming and wrapping up our project, spending a little time walking on the land, enjoying our final time out in this beautiful country before we had south. Thanks for listening, everybody.

Daily Expedition Data
Date: 5/29/13, Day 60
Location: 80°01'N, 87°54'W
Traveled: 6.5 hours, 11.6 miles
Temperatures: 22°F am, 35°F pm