11/21/2010 1:58:15 PM
Finally, Freeze-up is on the Way
I'm writing from little Buggy One on the shores of Hudson Bay. It's now 9:40 p.m. and it's been dark for over five hours. The moon is nearly full and it shines brightly on the snow-covered tundra outside the window. Buggy One is quiet now that all the specialists and scientists have gone home. In some ways I like the space, but it also seems a little lonely tonight.
The temperatures are also much colder then even just a week ago. It's -29 tonight. Ice is beginning to form in the tidal flats and the bears are testing to see if they can get out to find seals. The wind is beginning to pick up, forcing its way through the small cracks near the doors and windows.
My trip to the Tundra Buggy Lodge this morning was uneventful. I said my goodbyes to PBI staff and volunteers Krista, Stacy, and Henry, all of whom boarded the 11:00 a.m. Calm Air flight south. The sun shone warmly as I made the 1.5 hour drive from launch to the lodge. After arriving and helping the lodge staff prepare for tomorrow's departure, I crawled on the top bunk and took a long nap. Naps are one of my favorite things and I haven't had the chance to grab one since I arrived in Churchill on the 17th of September.
Tomorrow will be a big day: we'll disassemble the entire lodge and pull the entire train piece by piece to Cape Churchill. Breakfast is at 6:00am and as soon as its light enough to see we will be on the ground disconnecting each car from the next and connecting it to a buggy, all the while keeping lookout for curious polar bears. If all goes well we will be at the cape by 6:00 p.m. One thing is guaranteed, tomorrow will produce great stories and unforgettable experiences.
Photo Credits: ©Randy Kokesch.