And where in the world are we? At Nanuk Lodge, one of the Churchill Wild lodges (also part of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World). The lodge is 100 miles from Churchill, Canada only accessible by a very small plane (and we are talking single engine with a pilot who looked like he had just graduated kindergarten although he turned out to be an amazing pilot) and a landing on a crooked dirt runway. Whohoo!
Where to begin. The vastness of the Arctic tundra changing its fall colors right before our eyes, millions of geese, moose crossing streams, black bears, bunny rabbits (more on that in a minute) and oh yes, a pack of 18 wolves frolicking on the dirt runway in front of our lodge. We learned so much first-hand about wildlife interactions and were in awe of the northern lights and more stars than either of us has ever seen. Anywhere!
Polar bear after bear lounged in the tundra waiting for the ice to come in November so they could have their first substantial meal. We also viewed some early diners gorging on washed up beluga carcasses, which we saw from the air on our flight. While walking the first day, a curious mother and cub approached us within 50 feet. Our guide made some noise and talked to the mom just to reassure her we meant no harm. She and her cub casually wandered off. Then we saw the wolf pack with 10 pups (most likely 4-5 months old) which is the most pups our guides have seen in years. Signs of a healthy ecosystem.