Today was a rather overcast day but the rain held off and there was warmth.
Today we would go to the Canadian Legion for lunch (one of the best lunches in town and the crowds show that). While there I would locate and sign the log and drop on many TB’s in the cache Showing Support.
From here we went and dropped Bev off at home and Chris was headed to work. Chris launches weather balloons and since I also hold a Commercial Pilots Licence it would be great to see the inner workings and how they do it. I have seen them launched before but nothing like this.
On the way out we stop and do The End of the Road Virtual
From here we headed to Upper Air where they launch weather balloons twice a day at 2315 Zulu and 1115Z or in Inuvik time at 0415 and 1615 each day. The only thing that would stop it would be a blizzard. It takes about 5 hours from start to finish. There is the filling of the balloon with hydrogen (rocket fuel) and then putting the weather son on it and then launching it at the correct time.
The flowers here are amazing when in bloom
These signs are near a cache called Decisions, are rightly so as you can see.
One of our stops after work was a cache called GSI Mariner. Things didn’t go well to start with. The location is a old coast guard ship that is on blocks, it has seen better days. Getting there is via the road to the ice road on the river to Tuktoyaktuk. First off the road was muddy and second stepping out we suddenly became dinner to thousands and I do mean thousands of mosquitoes. Chris was having dinner before as we walked down the road. I was dogging them as they swarmed me. It didn’t take much convincing for either of us to leave this one behind.
The following photo was taken at midnight and as you can tell you can cache till you have every last one of them in the summer.
This has been my first day here and I have enjoyed it very much. Chris and Bev have been great. I did manage about 6 caches today.