Stranger Than Fiction

I stumbled across an article recently in the local press about the so called “reality” show, Ice Lake Rebels, entitled Why Are So Few Houseboaters on the Ice Lake Rebels?  I found it interesting and wanted to share it with you.  (The whole Edge magazine is full of interesting stories and articles about Yellowknife).  You can find it here.  I agree entirely with the comment made that this scripted version of someone’s idea of houseboat life is so much less than reality.  The truth really is stranger and more fascinating than fiction.

Barbeques blowing away and spending the winter under 5 feet of ice?  Commuting on thin ice?  Commuting on water, then ice, then water all in the same crossing?  Living side by side with nature in all her glory – vicious winter wind storms, the quiet of endless summer nights, boating home in the fall under a spectacle of northern lights?  That feeling when the ice finally opens up in the spring and you get in the boat, throw out a line, catch a fat fish for dinner, and suddenly its spring?  Going to bed on a dark and cold winter’s night, with waves crashing on the deck, and waking up in the morning to a calm bay full of smooth ice – or as was the case this year, being up at 330 am and witnessing the exact moment the lake went from liquid to solid?

You get the idea.  The beauty that is around us, while not always easy, is beauty none the less.  To witness it is gift, to experience it is a marvel.  And so much more than someone’s limited stereotyped ideas of what life in the north is really about.  What a missed opportunity.  Maybe I should make my own houseboat reality show!

End of rant.  🙂

About Tandi

I love my morning coffee, reading, the wilderness, paddling, poetry, my Spanish husband, and being a doctor. I also love writing my blog, and reading yours.
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4 Responses to Stranger Than Fiction

  1. I think all these reality shows are filled with someone’s imagination. You can take what you need and leave the rest to tantalize the viewer. Nothing is perfect no matter where we live, but we usually have a choice.

    We were hiking the PCT years ago and stopped along the way to listen to a fellow who said he had done it, and mentioned a couple of spots. Later, a resident ranger said there was no such place and he had been stretching the truth just a bit to make it sound good.

    • Tandi says:

      Ha! Its fun to catch people out. I wonder why we feel the need to exaggerate, and be more than we already are? I’ve been listening to Brene Brown on Ted Talks, about shame and vulnerability, and perhaps that is a part of it.

  2. shoreacres says:

    I have a friend who lives in the Louisiana bayous. You should hear her talk about “Swamp People” and “Duck Dynasty.” Though not a Cajun herself, she’s married to a Houma Indian and has been a fishing guide in the swamps for years. She knows whereof she speaks, and her points parallel yours. She calls reality shows creations of the arrogant, for the ignorant, and makes the point that she can show someone more of reality in an afternoon than they get in a season of the show.

    So there.

    • Tandi says:

      Well said! What surprises me most about these shows is the willingness of the audience to be fooled. To chose fake over real. Actually, I feel the same way about Las Vegas too. 🙂

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