Trip Start Nov 09, 2006
Trip End Nov 18, 2006

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Thursday, October 26, 2006

It's been quite awhile since I left the country. I was reading some travel tips that suggested I should learn some common phrases in the native language. I'm going to Manitoba, so I'm not sure what to study. Cree? Objibway? Inuktitut?

It's cold up there in Churchill. Or so I thought. But the average temperatures there for November are between 3 degrees and 16 degrees F. That's no colder than it is here in Minneapolis, and they're almost 1,000 miles north! It undoubtedly has something to do with how Churchill is positioned on a peninsula formed by the Churchill river and the Hudson Bay.

Still, I'll need to dress warmly. I did an inventory of my winter clothes. Parka--check. I bought a new one last year. Heavy gloves--no, I lost the pair Julie bought me two years ago. Hat--check. It's the one that Julie bought me to replace the one she bought me that I put in the washer, ruining it. Scarf--check. It's one Kate gave me after I lost the one that Julie gave me and the one she gave me to replace the one I lost. Boots--check, maybe. I realized that normally I don't spend all day in my boots, and I would be trapped in these for long periods. So I put them on for a day trip last Saturday. Six hours later, my feet were dying. So, new boots will be needed. I felt bad because Julie gave me that pair for Christmas last year.

$250 later.... I'm ready for the tundra! Whoops, I just broke my camera.
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timesharevon on

As I plan my first Churchill Polar Bear adventure I have found Michele's travel blog from Nov. 06 to be outstanding in helping in planning and preparation.

Her humor and storytelling really adds to the reading and photography, which are exceptional.

Thank you for taking time to share your experiences with others so that we too can dream about the polar bears and the opportunity to see them in their natural habitat.

Yvonne, aka TimeshareVon
Milwaukee, WI

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