2012 Polar Bear Trip – Day 1 & 2
December 2, 2012
Grant (my 11 year old son) and I just came back from our Polar Bear trip to Churchill, Manitoba, Canada!
As some of you may recall, I actually won this trip from the 2011 World Wildlife Fund Photo Contest. My shot, “Mesa Arch Sunrise” took the grand prize in the landscape category and launched us on this amazing adventure.
So, before we begin, I really want to thank everyone who voted for that image, the World Wildlife Fund, and Natural Habitat Adventures. It was an outstanding experience that Grant and I thoroughly enjoyed.
A special thank you to Aly and Valerie who coordinated the trip and our amazing guide Colby who was probably more knowledgeable about natural history than anyone I’ve ever met. That guy knows his bears!
Finally, if you’re ever thinking about a cool outdoor adventure style trip, I HIGHLY recommend going with Natural Habitat Adventures. Just absolutely outstanding in every respect.
So, here’s the story…
Day 1 & 2
OK, day 1 was pretty much just getting to Winnipeg so I’ll spare you the monotonous air travel log. Let’s just say there was a lot of sitting, sleeping, and a little drooling, but we managed to arrive at the Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg just fine.
The evening of day 1 consisted of a fantastic dinner with the group, introductions, and an overview of what to expect on the trip. I think everyone in our group hit the sack that night with dreams of polar bears dancing in our heads.
Next morning it was back to the airport for the 2 1/2 hour flight to Churchill. The plane was a cool twin prop with tight but comfortable accommodations. Our aerial view mostly consisted of cloud tops, but as we started to close in on Churchill they broke up a bit and we would be treated to the occasional glimpse of tundra from the frosty windows.
Upon landing at Churchill you could just feel the excitement in the air – several groups were on the plane and we were all gearing up for that once-in-a-lifetime polar bear photo experience.
Our group of 13 loaded onto the shuttle bus and sped off to lunch. From there, it was hotel check ins, a fantastic presentation on polar bears, then off to the local Inuit Museum for a quick tour.
After dinner, we did a little night photography (I’d show you the shots, but the next day was the same subject only better – I’ll explain on my next post) then it was off to bed – the next three days would be on the tundra, seeking that perfect polar bear image!
Here’s our video for the day:
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