There are moments while traveling that stay with you. When the magic of the experience infuses itself into the very essence of you who are. As I sat bundled beneath five layers of clothing, staring out the window of a Tundra Buggy on the rural Canadian tundra in northern Manitoba just outside Churchill I was able to experience one such moment. The evening had been mostly cloud-free, the brilliant light of a full moon reflecting off of the frozen lakes and snow covered tundra that surrounded our mobile lodge. As the sun began to work its way over the far horizon, the moon slowly began to slip away over the ocean.
It was a magical moment that lasted mere minutes. Even if it had only been a matter of watching the two orbs reflecting each other’s light it would have been a special sight to see. But, in a stroke of brilliant luck, we found a large, beautiful polar bear relaxing near the lodge. With numb noses, and half-frozen fingers we found ourselves watching the moon set behind her bathed in the soft hues and gorgeous tones of a brilliant dawn.
I’ll never forget the sight of the polar bear as she relaxed, looking at us as she debated rising to start her day. The trip was organized by Frontiers North and through the Canadian Tourism Commission as part of the spectacular trip I won at the Travel Bloggers Unite Conference. If you have the opportunity to do a Polar Bear safari I highly suggest it. They are amazing creatures and the opportunity to see them in their native/wild habitat is an incredibly special experience.