A Journal, with Pictures

Friday August 7

by on Aug.12, 2015, under Flying

This is our first day and we have a full day of touring around. After breakfast we load up the lazy Bear bus and met our guide Gerald. In the morning we are going to scope out the area and maybe see a bear. So we head out in the lazy Bear school bus and sure enough we see a bear. I think. it could be a white rock, but through my 400 MM lens, yes its a Polar Bear. We then visit the site of a crash of a C‑46 and then learn about the ” the bear problem”. Polar bears come into town and have to be trapped and incarserated. We visit the bear prision, but this is a slow period so no bears in captivity, although some of our group try to solve that problem. It’ s interesting and fun morning.

 

After lunch we board the Lazy Bear boat to visit Fort Prince of Wales on the other side of the river, then to look for bears and whales. We split into two groups and we visit the Fort first. Our guide is a local woman named Judd. Judd really knows her ecology and history but her dread locks, that are tied into a knot to keep them from dragging on the gound, adds a little something special to her persona. The Fort was one of the Hudson Bay Companies main trading posts and it took almost 40 years to build. The French captured it and disabled it in a day, took the commander and all the furs back to France. The Indian chielf who was the link to the fur trade is said to have committed suicide. Bad day at Churchill. Very interesting history.

Now its time to look for bears and whales so we head back to the boat and out onto the river. We spot a mother and cub and get to observe them as they hang out and then when they get warm take a swim.

The bear sighting was the highlight of the day, but we see Belugas in the river on our way in, but the big day for Belugas is ahead, so its time for a little COPA social activity. Strange how that works, get some COPA members together and a party breaks out. We ended up enjoying the fine weather and having a glass of wine or two right in front of the lodge. Then it was off to dinner.

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