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It’s Manitoba Time

I started my day this morning at 4 am (and let me tell you, I am not a morning person). My plane to Minneapolis left Cincinnati at 7 am, and I then had a 3 and a half hour layover. As it turns out, I met up with 7 others attending camp who had connecting flights from Minneapolis to Winnipeg. Both flights were only a little over an hour. Not too bad!

My group from Minneapolis was actually one of the first flights to arrive. The first sign I saw in Winnipeg said “It’s Manitoba Time” and it had a polar bear on it, I couldn’t believe I was actually in Canada though and I still don’t to be honest. We then literally walked right across the street to our hotel. People have been arriving from all over ever since. There are girls from Pittsburg who had serious flight issues and won’t get here till midnight. One camper from Tennessee, Olivia, hasn’t been feeling good since she arrived. They said if she isn’t feeling better she has to go home because of the risk of getting others sick. Hopefully she will sleep it off tonight.   

This whole experience is still surreal to me. I have met people from Oregon, Connecticut, North Carolina, Minnesota, Tennessee, and other places from all over the U.S. and Canada. They all are just as excited as I am, and I feel like I have known some of them for a long time. I have also met adults associated with different zoos and aquariums because the teen camp is combined with the communicator camp this year. Everyone participated in different games to get to know each other better, and then had a wonderful dinner. Following our meal, we got to hear from Bill Watkins to learn a little more about the Churchill area. He is a biologist who lives here in Winnipeg and studies endangered species. So, we are off to a great start! It is off to bed now because we have another early morning ahead of us. Our flight to Churchill leaves at 7:20 am, can’t wait!

10 comments

1 Grandma & Grandpa { 10.10.11 at 8:15 am }

So glad you arrived safe – we are so excited for you.

Love you,
Grandpa and Grandma

2 AP Biology { 10.10.11 at 10:28 am }

we did notes. mitosis time. glad you got there safely. do not forget the rock.

3 Mr. Cheek { 10.10.11 at 1:55 pm }

Glad you arrived. Enjoy your trip! Looking forward to reading your blogs.

4 Bernadette Plair { 10.10.11 at 3:24 pm }

Glad you arrived safely and had no flight problems Caitlynn! Even happier that you’re feeling fine and still sound like your bubbly self. Say Hi to Agnes Kovacs for me! She is one of your facilitators from Brookfield Zoo and a great friend. Enjoy for all of us and stay well!

5 Nancy Tibbetts { 10.10.11 at 8:41 pm }

Hi Cait, I am enjoying your blog. I am so glad that you arrived safely.
I was very happy to hear that you connected with some of the other campers and did not have to go to the hotel alone. Everything sure is working out. Keeping you in my prayers. Take alot of picutres of the beautiful bears. Love, Grandma

6 Kelly { 10.10.11 at 9:26 pm }

Cait, keep on writing girlfriend!! you have worked hard for this trip, use what you know to make the most of it and share it with the rest of us, we are praying for your safety and success! Love you, Kelly

7 Sammi { 10.10.11 at 10:25 pm }

Yay Caitlynn! I miss you already:( have a great trip and take lots of pictures! I can’t wait for you to get back to hear all about it! Love you bunches:) Love, Sammi!

8 Tara West { 10.11.11 at 9:11 am }

I really like your blog! keep writing! Hope you have fun! We all miss you here. I can’t wait to hear all about your trip when you return!! Love yah girlie (take pictures of the pretty polar bears)
Love, Tara!

9 Anonymous { 10.11.11 at 2:21 pm }

Hi Caitlynn,I’m an old friend of your grandmother, Nancy. She is very proud of you and told me of your exciting adventure. It sounds awesome! You are making some wonderful memories. Take Care. Linda Rischoni ENJOY!!

10 Caitlynn Turner { 10.11.11 at 10:34 pm }

I have acquired a rock. mission accomplished.

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