Day 3 - Nov 16: Plane Wrecks and Wind Frenzies
We spent this morning cruising around the outskirts of town looking for foxes, hares and birds. The wind was picking up and to our amusement we came across an Arctic fox sitting in a parked up motorboat to shelter from the cold blasts. He looked like he was about to start up the engine and fly of across Hudson Bay! We also got a bit of a tour of Churchill, visiting the places of local legend, learning about the history of the place and going out to see a plane wreck which was nestled amongst the trees with a dramatic sunset behind it.
In the afternoon we boarded our polar rovers for a night drive and dinner out on the tundra. By this time the wind had whipped into a frenzy, so even though we were not lucky in terms of wildlife, it created a brilliantly eerie effect as we pushed on through dark dramatic snow drifts, the headlights revealing a mesmerising sheet of sparkling ice crystals and only a few feet of track ahead. Despite the lack of bears we had a merry time supping wine and feasting on warm food, as our fantastic expedition leader regaled us with tails of bears and adventure.