I am EXCITED! Tomorrow I leave on an incredible adventure: 10 days in the Arctic! I’ll be joining Hugh Rose on his Sept Polar Bear and Aurora Photo Tour. This incredible photo tour covers Alaska from Fairbanks all the way to the Arctic Ocean (maybe I’ll take a dip and join the “Polar Bear Club”). Click on this link to see the itinerary: It is simply incredible! We will be traveling in vans, small bush planes and rubber rafts…heck, I might have to strap on some snowshoes! My wonderful wife, Anita, purchased my ticket for this extravagant tour as my Christmas present last year and I’ve been looking forward to it ever since.
For a guy from Florida, this trip presented some challenges…like buying a full arctic wardrobe. Merino wool underwear, down jackets, insulated boots: these aren’t items that you find in many closets down in this neck of the woods! But it has been fun planning and preparing for the last nine months.
I’m really excited to get the chance to photograph the Aurora Borealis. I’ve never even seen it and I am hoping that I am lucky and the Aurora is visible
Next to the Aurora, the next item on my wish list are polar bears. These predators are not afraid of humans and I’m not as fast as I was when I was younger…but like they say: “You don’t have to be fast, just quicker than the guy next to you!”
Anita won’t be making this trip with me. Not because it will all be about photography (she is used to that) but she gets chilly when the temperatures drop down into the mid 70s….so Alaska in the fall isn’t somewhere she wants to be.
I won’t have internet access for most of the trip, so I’m not even going to try to write a daily blog (that didn’t work out well for me when I tried it this summer:). I will give you all an update when I get back and share my photos as well.
(PS: Did I mention that I’m excited?)