November 1, 2010

We’re Back!

Isn’t this furry fellow adorable?! We arrived home late last night, safe and sound from our polar bear adventure. The trip was awesome. I hope you were following the Churchill Polar Bears Blog this past week! Here are a few highlights of our trip:

  • There was no snow when we first arrived, making it easy to spot the bears.
  • By mid-week, there was a blizzard!
  • Several bears were downright hilarious with their antics and wacky bear positions. Who knew they were so agile?
  • When the wind blows at 40 miles per hour, snow is horizontal!
  • I was within a foot of one these gorgeous creatures, as it climbed up the sides of our tundra rover! I had to back up slightly to make sure that his face was in focus.
  • We took tons of pictures. No surprise there!
  • The school bus taking us home from a night-time buggy ride lost its windshield wipers in the blizzard. We sure were glad to have an experienced driver who knew the road by heart!
  • We saw as many as 19 bears in one day.
  • In addition to polar bears, I saw ptarmigans, an arctic hare, and a red fox.
  • The food and accommodations in Churchill leave a lot to be desired.
  • The last rover day was the best for bear viewing, and it included a mom with her very large cubs. They were all too cute for words.
  • We made several new friends on our tour!
  • Our original helicopter trip was cancelled but rescheduled when the weather improved. The snow-covered tundra looked awesome from the air.

As a special treat, I hurried up and prepared for you a watercolor version of one of my photographic images.


  1. OMG!!!! These are Gorgeous Donna!!
    One Foot??? I'm fainting,here!!!Hahaaaa
    Glad you're home Safe!!!

  2. Oh Wow!! I can't wait to see more photos. I enjoyed clicking over to the link you provided so I could read about what your tour was up to.

  3. How pretty! So glad you had a good trip and are home safe & sound just in time for the big day tomorrow. :)

    I'm not surprised ya'll made new friends~((hugs))

  4. Awesome, that must have been some experience. Had to have been a little scary having a polar bear that close

  5. I'm speechless. How fabulous.I'm sorry your accommodations and food weren't better, I don't live quite that far north, otherwise I'd have bake a cake or something.

  6. Oh, how wonderful! I'm so happy for you getting to go on such a wonderful excursion! Can't wait to see more of your fabulous pictures!

  7. AHHHH those beautiful bears! I am ecstatic to see even two pictures! I did follow the blog and read about the blizzard and the nighttime excursion! I'm so glad you and Mr. Jim went on it! I cannot WAIT to hear every little detail of your trip! *eager*

  8. Lucky you, you got to see the polar bears!! They are my favorite bear. I used to watch a live video cam of that area where you were at to watch the bears.


  9. Welcome Home! Yes, I did follow along several times, which is how I knew that you were in a blizzard. Omigosh! I bet you're glad to be home even if you did see 19 polar bears a day. They are adorable, but when the food isn't so great, it's time to come home where your hubby can whip up something tasty. I'll be happy to see all of your photos. Course one can't see too well in a blizzard.

  10. Hunter is here looking at your bears and loves them, but especially LOVES Marty; she wants to hug him!!! :)

  11. Wow! Amazing to experience seeing them and your pictures are just as amazing Donna!


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