2012 Polar Bear Trip Day 6 & 7
December 12, 2012
Well, here we are, day 6 – we leave after lunch for Winnipeg.
But, you know, a half-day in Churchill can still be pretty cool!
We start our day with breakfast and head out to the shuttle. Sure, it’s no Polar Rover, but we’re going to drive around and try to catch a glimpse (or photo) of a fox – and who knows, maybe we’ll see a bear too!
Couple of cool signs you just don’t see anywhere else…
Love this sign:
And this one:
We drive to Cape Merry, rolling slowly along searching for any leftover Polar Bears or maybe a fox. No luck, but our shuttle driver is full of engaging historical information and makes the drive interesting.
We pull up to the little park at Cape Merry and are treated to a brief history lesson by one of the guides. From there, it’s back to searching for fox and bear – no luck so far.
We drop by the Churchill visitor center for a quick break and to stretch our legs. Lots of great history up there!
Next, we jump back into the shuttle and soon get word of a couple bears nearby via the radio. We zip over to the location and sure enough, we find one meandering along the coast.
There’s another van nearby and we’re all trying to snap photos as he wanders along. He stops to investigate some old buildings, then heads our way to investigate a backhoe that was left from the summer. He even stands on his hind legs at one point as he sniffs around – these bears are amazingly inquisitive.
Oh, and yes, there ARE people in the van during the part of the video when he’s only inches from the door!
I tried some shots but the temperature differential between the frigid outside air and the warm shuttle causes too many heat waves and I just can’t get a sharp image – oh well. Was still cool to have one last bear for final day.
We stopped by the Polar Bear jail too – it’s where they put the problem bears before they transport them out of the area. They tranquilize them, put ‘em in jail for a few days or weeks (depends on the circumstances), then fly ‘em 20+ miles up the coast. An experience they DON’T want to repeat!
Polar Bear Jail:
A trap for problem bears and annoying kids:
From there, it was off to lunch then to the airport. Sadly, our adventure was quickly coming to an end – seems like we just got started.
We had one final get-together with the group for some dinner. We said our farewells and it was off to bed, still dreaming of Polar Bears.
Day 7 was simply flying back home.
This was a fantastic trip. It certainly wasn’t my “normal” photo trip experience – not used to doing all the “tourist” stuff, but it was a nice change from my typical shoot – scout – shoot routine.
Grant had a fantastic time as well – he says it’s his favorite trip ever and I think I have to agree. I have a feeling this isn’t our last trip to the arctic. So much more to see, so much more to photograph.
I hope you enjoyed our little journey
Also, we’d love your feedback, so feel free to comment below.
~Steve & Grant
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