The weather forecast was pretty much on the money, and a dismal dawn yields to thunder-squalls rolling across the tundra. But, after breakfast and a second cup of coffee, the rain eases and we are a shade more optimistic about our flight out later this morning. Time for one last walkabout of our temporary home.
Last morning - view from the room. Our stay has been bracketed by rainy weather, but we managed to squeeze an amazing amount of work into the good days between!
The crew - mixed emotions: looking forward to heading home - at the same time, more than a little reluctant to leave.
Up the spiral staircase to the aurora observation dome in the beautiful new Churchill Northern Studies Centre facility.
Bear X 11304 and part of her sad story.
Top left - Looking down on the brand-new lobby interior from the dormitory level walkway. Top right - Aurora observation dome from the second floor exterior deck (a safe place to get some air or catch a few rays).
One last rainy view over the old rocket range - from the aurora observation dome atop the new Studies Centre building.
Two things you DON'T want to see as you’re on your way to the airport: engine warning lights and rapidly moving squalls (with lots of lightning)! Our good fortune holds, however, and we manage to drop the crew off, gas up in town one last time, and get the truck back to the terminal just as the weather begins to break.
Our aircraft (at the rear) on the tarmac in Churchill ... more or less on time and loading for the next leg to Winnipeg. A final miracle of sorts - ALL of our baggage goes on board this time!
View to the north-northwest over the townsite, the Port of Churchill, and the Churchill River estuary - a fair-weather departure and a promise to return!