Day 1 - Nov 14: Arrived Churchill
This morning we bundled ourselves into the small propeller powered aeroplane to Churchill, all wrapped up in our amazingly toasty huge parkas and warm cushioned boots so we were ready to brace the -20 temperatures when the doors of the plane opened on arrival. After 2.5 hours of cruising over flat barren tundra we saw the clouds start to appear as we neared the freezing waters of Hudson bay, and started to get excited about our first encounter with such an extreme and inhospitable landscape. The blustering wind that met our faces when we emerged took the temperature to -32 degrees, and took my breathe away to say the least. But, rather than hurrying into the terminal I couldn't help just standing there mesmerised by the stunning bright whiteness and the snow whirling around on ground.
I've never experienced a sharp cutting cold quite like this and I have to admit I find it quite exhilarating!
In the afternoon we explored the town, hopping quickly from warm bus to warm building. The Eskimo Museum is small but full of wonders, holding thousands of intricate art pieces carved by the Inuits as a form of story telling rather than aesthetics. We managed a sunset drive around the outskirts in search of foxes and watched a dark red glow light up the huge chunks of ice on the edge of Lake Hudson. One red fox , some huge black ravens and a litter of the most adorable husky puppies are my first animals encounters before we've even left the town.
I have a feeling this place will not fail to captivate me and i can't wait to get out on the tundra buggy tomorrow morning!