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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