A Journal, with Pictures

Sunday August 9th.

by on Aug.12, 2015, under Family

After break­fast we explored Churchill vis­it­ing a great lit­tle muse­um in the train sta­tion. After lunch it was time to take a tour of the Tun­dra. Ger­ald our intre­pid guide drove us out of town in the Lazy Bear school bus over wash board grav­el roads. We then board­ed the Lazy Bear Tun­dra Bug­gy and sev­er­al of our adven­tures took turns dri­ving this behe­mouth along dirt roads. Fog came in, which made this des­o­late but beau­ti­ful land­scape more inter­est­ing but we were all think­ing that tomor­row we fly.

The Tun­dra is very a unique envi­ro­ment with per­ma-frost just a few inch­es below the sur­face and a very short grow­ing sea­son. It sup­ports the harti­er species includ­ing Cari­bou that can sur­vive on the lichen that grows on rocks. Ger­ald our guide always has his rifle handy since you nev­er know when a bear may join our par­ty. Churchill was the site of a Cold War air­force base and signs warn of unex­ploed ordi­nance. The First Nation peo­ple ( PC for Indi­ans) lived off this land, which dives to minus thir­ty degrees in the win­ter, which is hard to believe. It’s a very sober­ing place to vis­it and you come away with an appre­ci­a­tion of both the orig­i­nal inhab­i­tante and those who choose to live here now.

We return to the lodge and start look­ing at the weath­er, it looks a lit­tle iffy but that does­n’t stop us from enjoy­ing cock­tails and din­ner on our last night with the whole group togeth­er. We decide to get up tomor­row and take what moth­er nature gives us.

 

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