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2015 Fall Arctic Trip

October 30, 2015

Jack Kalvar The Park School of Baltimore ‘18

Today was a day of travel. We drove for eight hours and rode on the train for sixteen hours. Today was a long day to say the least. We started off our day by waking up at 4:00 a.m. then we drove seven hours to the beautiful Pisew Falls. On the way to the falls, we all ate delicious poutine at a rest stop. The waterfalls were stunning and all of us were in awe. After watching the falls, some of us decided to partake in a snowball fight and we had lots of fun. We then drove one hour to the VIA Rail station in Thompson. Most of the kids decided to take a walk through Thompson and learn about the city. After we returned to the station, we got on the train and started on the sixteen-hour journey. Three hours down, thirteen to go. Wish us luck

Scott Stewardson Duke of Marlborough ’19 Junior Ranger

Today was an early day. We woke up at the not so bright, but early four am. This morning when we were going to Kelvin High School, I had to go back Molly’s house because I forgot the calibration paper. This paper is a meter by meter white piece of paper, and the person holding it had to give their life up and walk distances up to ninety meters at a time, which really makes your back hurt. Trust me, I know. We stopped at gas stations in Ashern, Grand Rapids, and Ponton. In Ponton the kids from Park School had Poutine for the first time. It was one of the best poutines I have ever had. We stopped at Pisew falls and it was beautiful and cold. We had a snowball fight and I was amazing. We walked into Thompson when we got to the train station and ended up at Wal-Mart for a few minutes, I bought a pack of juice and two boxes of cookies. And now we are on the train going to Churchill, MB. Can’t wait. Yaaaaaaayyyyyyyy.

Marissa Hamlin, Kelvin High School ‘19

I learnt today just how dark it really is at 4:00 am, when I woke up to get ready for our departure. A few last minute scrambles later, I arrived at Kelvin High School with all of my miscellaneous belongings. We tumbled into vans, with the black, velvety sky quickly filling with stars as we left the city and began our long journey. I’m sure we heard each of today’s most popular hits at least ten times each. We got to know new people in our vans, and of course catch up on all of the sleep we missed last night. With frequent stops and continuous snacking, the trip seemed to pass fairly quickly. We arrived at Thompson around 2:00 in the afternoon and spent until 4:00 exploring the streets and playing in the ice and snow around the railway tracks. Finally, we boarded our train, pulled out our blankets and had some much –appreciated pizza. There was much laughing and talking to be heard throughout the train. The landscape rolled by, mostly slowly, but always elegantly, the snow untouched and forever falling. Reluctantly, we fell asleep and waited impatiently for morning when new adventures would arise.