|Crawler off Ithica Point|
My favorite riddle goes as such: "Why, when geese fly in a V-formation, is one side of the V often longer than the other? This may be a question of mathematics, science and practicality that has a very scientific explanation."
At other times I ask our guests to introduce themselves and tell us where they come from. On day- long trips such as Lazy Bear Lodge's Tundra tours, up to 25 guests may be riding around on the Arctic Crawler all day. This introduction helps to know and find common interests to help break the ice and promote conversation between strangers.
|Frozen Bear Tracks|
"The geese may be flying south or north, it doesn't seem to matter."
At other times, I pass out advice. Many guests from warm climates may require advice that any of us raised in the cold of winter know from early in life. "For those of you from Hawaii, Australia or Florida, who may not know, do not stick your tongue onto any frozen metal. Your tongue will stick solidly to the metal until you bravely tear it off leaving it stretched out of shape and a large patch of tongue-skin left on the metal. The only way to get it unstuck is to pour warm saline water onto the metal until it releases your tongue. We do not carry saline water. The second best option is for me to pee on your tongue which will hopefully have enough volume and be warm enough to warm the metal.
|Don't Touch That Post|
"The geese are probably honking as they are flying."
Another thing to help break the ice and build teamwork and camaraderie is to make up some poetry or limericks about what they are seeing. I have some amazing examples written by some of my guests:
I am a polar bear
I like ice and snow
I never, ever shiver
I never feel cold
I swim in the water
I hunt on the ice
I think fat seals
Are especially nice
You might see me eating
A chunk of caribou
If you get too close
I might come after you
© Aum Nicol Gr. 3 teacher St. Clements School, Grande Prairie, Alberta
"The geese may be white, grey and black or any other colour combination."
Who hoped that nobody saw her
She hid in her den
Until winters end
And when she came out
There was two more of her
The polar bear is white
The polar bear is bright
He will give you an almighty fright
If you meet him in the night
There was a young chap called Bob
Who worked at Lazy Bear Lodge
He took us out everyday
To see bears play
And dam was he good at his job
We came to a town called Churchill
It was very cold with a windchill
We’re named Arctic Hares
We came to see bears
And if we don’t spot them
Then Bob will
|Hidden Polar Bears|
I try to make a game out of spotting wildlife. I have a knack for spotting wildlife and have helped many people enjoy their tours by finally spotting the critter. Some times they can be very challenging to see, especially when the bear and Ptarmigan are white as is the snow. I make sure that everyone can see the critter or I try to get close enough so they do. It is a great help when other guests chime in to help too. This is a great game and is very rewarding once someone finally sees the critter.
|Hidden Polar Bear Family Revealed|
"Young geese may be taught this formation by their parents."
Wildlife, especially large carnivores, is what people from around the world pay to see. These people also enjoy discussion and education about the environment, the history and some of the culture of the region. Guests are looking for great photographs, memories and hope to be entertained as well. As I drop them off at the airport, I am often as sad to see them go as they are. I am well satisfied when my departing guests shake my hand or give me a hug to say thanks for the best trip ever.
"There are more geese in the long line!"