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Churchill (and Nunavut) The Sequel!
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GroovyPinkSocks



Joined: 22 Jan 2013
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PostPosted: Jul 16, 2013 10:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was looking at the tours and I am really interested in the Churchill River Estuary Beluga Whale Watching Tour, or the Charter rates on the Zodiacs, 9 person $325 hour min 2 hour booking, so it could be as low as $72 for 2 hours or $108 for 3 hours. Let me know if any others are interested as well
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oakbank24



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PostPosted: Jul 17, 2013 12:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just found out about this and am very interested. Is there room for me?

FYI, I have been to Churchill twice but this was before I was involved with geocaching. If you need help organizing this I am happy to help. For example, you shouldn't leave the vehicles at the train station because they will get vandalized. I work for mts and I can arrange the ability to leave them in the locked mts compound. We would drop everyone off including the luggage at the train station and then the drivers would move the vehicles and take a taxi back. I have also stayed at the CNSC and used their vehicles (at a cost) for our daily excursions. Of course we have to be careful of the bears.
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ohmic



Joined: 07 Nov 2006
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Location: Winnipeg

PostPosted: Jul 17, 2013 11:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So far, we have 19 people either confirmed or almost confirmed for this trip:

OHMIC
ruylopez, Sylvia & Zachary (one room)
JB
Gnirips & Mrs. Gnirips (one room)
Jean Déniche
MHz (one room)
THz
MuStash & Mo (one room)
Mlkoop & Mrs. Mlkoop (one room)
dani_carriere
Oakbank24

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GroovyPinkSocks
4elements5senses
Nunavut Taidy

I have booked 10 rooms, each withntwo double beds, at the Tundra Inn (same hotel as the pub for the event), let me know if you will be sharing a room and with whom so I can book more if needed. We have a group discount $121 instead of $135 per room, per night. ($137.50 with taxes)

Here is the agenda and the cost for the day for the Friday

10:00 pick up at the hotel
11:00 arrive at the CNSC, tour the facility
12:00 lunch
1:00 polar bear presentation
2:00 geocaching workshop
3:30 depart from CNSC
4:00 arrive at Hudson bay shoreline (by the Ithaca) for the Nunavut event
5:00 back to hotel

$15/person for programming
$14/person for lunch
$300 for the bus (24 people or less)

Total : $45 per person for the day

As mentioned by dani, safe parking is available at the Fire Hall for a donation.
Some people are looking to share a ride to Thompson. The Spirings (gnirips) are looking for a ride to Thompson but will take the train on the way back to Winnipeg.
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4elements5senses



Joined: 07 Sep 2006
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Location: Winnipeg

PostPosted: Jul 17, 2013 11:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Woo hoo!! Please accept this as mine and Stacy's confirmation of attendance and participation in the annual caching trip to Churchill - Yippee!! Stacy and I will be sharing a room, if possible, at the Tundra Inn that Jacques had stated was booked for our group. Do we need to phone the Inn as well, or is this taken care of under Jacques' reservation?
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oakbank24



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PostPosted: Jul 18, 2013 12:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent thanks! I am confirming that I will attend and will be driving with Dani (at least I think I am and will confirm with Dani). I can share a room with someone else as long as it is a non smoker, or I can have my own room.

Will there be a meeting to discuss details before we go?
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oakbank24



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PostPosted: Jul 18, 2013 2:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Regarding driving to Thompson, I have a Dodge Caravan and can drive if we are in need of extra vehicles (share the cost of gas). I'd like to pick up some of the easy caches on the way up or the way back. Is there anyone that would like to go with me? Perhaps go up the day before and stay overnight in Thompson?
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MHz



Joined: 20 Apr 2005
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Location: Morris

PostPosted: Jul 18, 2013 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since I'll be driving in from Morris and Glacier has dropped out, I have one possibly 2 spots (one would be more comfortable than 2) in my tank that we can pickup on our way through the city.

Also are the carpools going to meet somewhere north of the city and convoy to Thompson!

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netleyhunter



Joined: 03 May 2007
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Location: Selkirk

PostPosted: Jul 18, 2013 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alright, I am in. I would be looking for a ride to and from Thompson. Would also be interested in sharing a room with others.
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ohmic



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PostPosted: Jul 24, 2013 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So far, we have 20 people either confirmed or almost confirmed for this trip:

OHMIC
THz
ruylopez, Sylvia & Zachary (one room)
JB & Jean Déniche (one room)
Gnirips & Mrs. Gnirips (one room)
MHz and dani_carriere (one room)
MuStash & Mo (one room)
Mlkoop & Mrs. Mlkoop (one room)
Oakbank24 & netleyhunter (one room)
GroovyPinkSocks & 4elements5senses (one room)

Maybe:
Nunavut Taidy
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Stonagal



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PostPosted: Jul 24, 2013 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't make it (though I'd love to). But I thought I'd point out/remind folks that the 18th oldest active cache in Manitoba (GCF09B) is just outside Gillam, Manitoba. I don't know how long the train stops in Gillam, but see if there's a way to arrange for you to grab that cache while you're there!
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Ztirnats



Joined: 20 Jul 2006
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Location: Winnipeg

PostPosted: Jul 26, 2013 3:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ahhhhhhh Churchill. We had the privilege of visiting Churchill on two occasions. Both trips were completely different but both were equally memorable. We would love to visit Churchill once again and reconnect with the amazing people that call the tundra their home but sometimes life just gets in the way.

For all those adventurous cachers, you will not be disappointed. Churchill should be on every cachers "bucket list".

The Churchill train from Thompson is unlike any train trip EVER!
As you embark on your journey:

Hudson Bay Line

Well, the first time I rode on the Hudson Bay Line
I went to buy a ticket and I was doing fine
I asked the station agent how soon my trip would end
He said, "You'll get to Churchill, boy, but only God knows when."

Chorus: On the Hudson Bay Line
On the Hudson Bay Line
Hell of a time
On the Hudson Bay Line

Well have you got a schedule, let's have a look at it
Yes I've got a schedule and it ain't worth two bits
Just take along a lot of grub, enough to see you through
You might get there in three four days or maybe a week or two.

Well the cars were old a draughty 'round the windows and the doors
We sat on wooden benches and we slept on wooden floors
A big pot-bellied stove, it was rusted all to hell
For heatin' and for cookin' and for spittin' on as well.

We stopped at creeks and clearings, we stopped at lakes and fords
We stopped beside the muskeg where mosquitoes came in hoards
We stopped at bays and rivers, at rocks and waterfalls
We even stopped at places where there's nothin' there at all.

"Now boys, we've hit a washout," the conductor he did say
"And if she don't get mended I'm afraid we're here to stay.
I need a bunch of volunteers, that's you and you and you."
I broke my back a-linin' track until the train got through.

Well now they've got a diesel train that's really mighty nice
Now they've got a cat train that goes across the ice
Then they've got that airline, it's all the latest fad
But they are never gonna have the good times that we had.
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dani_carriere



Joined: 04 Feb 2005
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Location: Winnipeg

PostPosted: Jul 30, 2013 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

netleyhunter wrote:
Alright, I am in. I would be looking for a ride to and from Thompson. Would also be interested in sharing a room with others.


Chris, you can ride with me if you're willing to leave in the wee hours of the morning. I'll even pick you up in Selkirk, and we can zoom across to #6.

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dani_carriere



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PostPosted: Jul 30, 2013 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oakbank24 wrote:
Excellent thanks! I am confirming that I will attend and will be driving with Dani (at least I think I am and will confirm with Dani). I can share a room with someone else as long as it is a non smoker, or I can have my own room.

Will there be a meeting to discuss details before we go?


You're most welcome to come with me. I'll be leaving early on the day of. I can't afford another hotel day or extra kennel fees, so I won't be able to leave a day earlier. Let me know if you're still game.

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glacier_ice



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PostPosted: Jul 31, 2013 5:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Love Stan's prose! Smile
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dani_carriere



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PostPosted: Jul 31, 2013 6:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

glacier_ice wrote:
Love Stan's prose! Smile


Where's the "Like" button in this forum?!? Applause Whaddya mean there isn't one! d'oh!

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