Monthly archive - December 2011

Highlights of My Travels in 2011

Highlights of My Travels in 2011

 

I’ve had such an incredible year and now 2012 is approaching so fast it’s making my head spin.

The first half of 2011 was pretty quiet for me on the travel front, but the second half certainly made up for that!  I travelled to some of North America’s most spectacular places this year, I redesigned my blog and my readership has increased dramatically over the past six months. So thank you so much to all of you who have made that happen!

There were some very definite highlights from my travels, so these are the places and experiences that had special significance and are the best memories of my adventures in 2011.

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A Winter Camino, a Cancelled Flight…and a White Christmas

A Winter Camino, a Cancelled Flight…and a White Christmas

 

It’s a traveller’s worst nightmare. Well, one of them at least.

 

Those huge red, flashing letters next to the departure time of your next flight have the power to rattle even the most frequent of flyers: CANCELLED. A delay is frustrating enough but you see ‘cancelled’ and your heart just sinks.

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Old Friends, New Lives: Vancouver, British Columbia

Old Friends, New Lives: Vancouver, British Columbia

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Arctic Dreams: The Polar Bears of Churchill. PART II

Arctic Dreams: The Polar Bears of Churchill. PART II

 

There are no words to describe the feeling you have when your face is only a couple of feet away from a polar bear: so close that you can imagine the heat of their breath.

 

Of course, if this happened away from the safety of the hulking polar rover, there would be no imagining necessary. These polar bears  have been living on a diet of berries for months now. They are carnivores. They are starving. I rest my case.

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Arctic Dreams: The Polar Bears of Churchill

Arctic Dreams: The Polar Bears of Churchill

 

 

“When you are driving your bus across the tundra through a snow storm and you can’t see the windscreen wipers…you know it’s going to be an interesting day”

 Rhonda – bus driver in Churchill, Manitoba

 

Things can get pretty wild this far north. And I’m not talking about the nightlife.

But for today at least the weather is behaving itself. It’s minus 13 degrees Celsius with wind-chill out on the sub-Arctic tundra near Churchill, Manitoba but the skies are clear and the barely-there dawn light is perfect.

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