Covered in fur, she runs to the horizon of the unending sun. It’s late June and she needs no air conditioner, for she is running on fields of snow. Suddenly, parts of the field break. The newly created swimming pool invites her in to play. After play comes time to eat, and she moves slowly, with confidence, one step at a time.
It is the end of the earth, where few humans have stepped, yet it is not the end of time. Polar bears have reigned here for millions of years. Their sense of smell is better than their eyesight and they search for food in silence.
You can hear the wind, and the ice that gives in to their palms. Gives in, yet does not break. It is their abundant land to explore after months of cuddling in dreams to protect themselves from winter. It’s easy to comprehend how such an expansive, rich land would stimulate months-long dreams.
As she approaches the lazy water, another bear appears. They play a little, standing up, throwing their hands to each other’s fur. Their mouths unite as part of the play, and they are not faded by a random bird that flies above their heads. They play for quite sometime, going down to the ice, back up and down again. Their interaction is their entertainment.
Once they’re done, they shake their heads, stretching their necks, and ice falls around. Then they go on with their search. In the ice that turned to ocean, they search for seals and beluga whales. They carry no camera to document the show-off of a tale. They carry their teeth, for these massive animals are their nutrition, and they must eat enough to be able to survive not only today or this season, but their winters of dreams as well.
This post is part of the Cafe Chat: Planning a Dream Birthday Trip by The Travel Belles. I will likely spend my upcoming, late June birthday studying for tests and writing papers for my last semester of BA, and I will be as close as can be to an air conditioner as summers in central Israel drift of humidity. However, I hope to spend a future birthday way up north someday, cuddling in a warm coat and holding a camera with gloves. I’m not sure whether I’ll enjoy watching all stages of hunt, yet I look forward to seeing the polar bears in person.
What will make for your dream birthday trip? Let me know in the comments or write your own blog post, and link it up on the website of The Travel Belles.