I thought we might lay low today as Doug really wasn’t feeling well. How he managed the 10 hour day, I do not know. However, when he opened his eyes at 9:10 he told me that he felt a lot better and let’s get going. I raced over to the bus stop and took a photo of the bus schedule. There was one leaving at 9:40. We thought we could make it. That gave us 20 minutes by the time I got back to make lunches, get cameras and binoculars ready for action. We got to the bus stop with three minutes to spare. There were already 6 people waiting for the bus. We might not get on. 4 told us that they had reservations for the 9:55 and would wait for that bus. We were in luck. The bus rolled up and on we hopped. Brian was our driver. Less exuberant than Tim, but that was OK.
Five miles into the journey and three wolves ran out. Seeing one would have been amazing. Three was very rare. They were beautiful to behold as they slipped through the trees. 15 minutes later we hit pay dirt. Momma bear with two cubs 100 feet from the bus. Unbelievable. Our driver stayed longer than they are suppose to. Go driver!
Just before we arrive at the turn-around point a Long Tailed Jaeger appears. Very rare. Nests on Arctic tundra. Migrates and winters on open ocean far offshore and almost never seen from land. How lucky are we. And! the chick close by. (super cute)
Later a caribou was walking along the road so the buses just had to follow at a distance. It finally went up a hill. A very short while late we stopped at a viewing point. I hiked up to see if I could find the caribou. Doug choose to walk back along the road. All of a sudden the beast is running up along the opening where I am. It was a beautiful sight. I go back to the bus to hear that as Doug was walking along the road, when all of a sudden the beast trotted towards him. Doug being fleet of foot turned and ran as fast as he could back to the safety of the buses. I can’t believe I didn’t hear his screams!
We make it to the visitor’s centre and head back. A nice sighting of the caribou that almost ran Doug over, but besides that, all is quiet. We meet Harry and Sally and hear about Harry and the dog almost being taken by a Grizzly bear. Just outside our camp. Wow!This entry was posted in Uncategorized