|Copyright Jordy Olsen|
|Polar Bear Lift|
Over the course of my stay, seeing the bears from the polar rovers was quite spectacular, however watching them from a helicopter as they sparred, lazily explored and began wondering out on the slowly forming sea ice, really set the bar for the Churchill experience. After hopping in a six person helicopter with a colleague of mine, the blades began spinning as the motor powered up. A few minutes later we were on the radio and lifting off the launch pad, heading in the direction of the arctic tundra. Along the way, we saw a collection of 5 bull moose in a boreal forest, before coming across two large male polar bears sparring along the water's edge. As we gazed off in the distance, an anxious bear began wondering out onto the semi frozen sea ice. He then self correcting and headed back to a more sure footed shoreline as the freeze was still thin and quite fragile. From there, we headed towards slightly more open waters, which gave sight to the shipwreck of the SS Ithaka, which ran aground 5 miles outside of Churchill back in 1961. Next, we set out to explore for more bears and were delighted to have a group of 3 males sleeping side by side along the grease ice of the Hudson Bay.
Whether it be polar bears, a killer concert, a hell of a hike or a meal that looks weird as shit and may still be moving on your plate, experience and exposure means everything. Repetition of the familiar may bring you joy and can certainly be comforting - but to tackle something new, something that feels pure to your life, is the distilled essence of discovery. Who gives a shit if you weren't the first to do it. If it was a first in your life, then you're on the right track. Frankly, what's life without some type of new sensation? Where's the excitement in a perfectly controlled world? Regardless of experiential size, take advantage of your full range of emotions and try for once to feel as much as possible. Peel off a layer of body armor and rediscover your humanity. Get excited about new experiences in this existence - because for all we know, this could be it.
|Fort Prince of Whales|