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    The first-ever departure will focus on the Arctic through a female lens via outdoor adventures, Indigenous storytelling and learning about powerful women leading lives as entrepreneurs, scientists and trailblazers in Canada’s North

     

    Merry Christmas to you and your beloved!  I want the best for you, and I sincerely feel in my heart that 2020 is going to be far from boring. We will have many opportunities to shine and help others.

    Here at The Badass Writer, let’s start of 2020 with some travel ideas with a trip to the Arctic! You’ll get the chance to sport your new puffer coat you just got for Christmas from Amazon,  lol.  🙂

    Anyway…

    Natural Habitat Adventures, a leader in responsible wildlife tourism and conservation travel partner of World Wildlife Fund, is introducing its very first Arctic expedition exclusively for women on the 7-day Northern Lights and Arctic Cultures trips running February 4-10 and February 24-March 1, 2020 in Churchill, Manitoba.

    Inspired by the lesser-known history of the Arctic’s intrepid women who carved livings for themselves amidst a stark and ruthless wild, the exclusive trip was designed by naturalist explorer Annie Van Dinther, who has experienced firsthand the personal growth that comes from traveling in a supportive, equitable environment.

    “We wanted to create a space for women who are ready for the next big adventure of their lives, where they can feel empowered to be themselves in one of the wildest places on the planet,” said Van Dinther, a veteran Expedition Leader for the company.

     

    Snow shoes

    Snow Shoes in Manitoba by Aaron Huber

     

    “This trip is all about learning what it took for women to survive the Canadian Arctic, it’s about expanding our knowledge of natural history and science, and most importantly, it’s about discovering what we’re capable of alongside like-minded individuals—put simply, it’s the trip the women Expedition Leaders of Nat Hab have always wanted to take themselves!”

     

    Igloo

    Modern Day Igloo

     

    The multi-faceted adventure will pay tribute to centuries of crucial contributions made by the women of the North through traditional skills workshops including snowshoeing and igloo-building, dog sledding excursions, and an introduction to field research at the Churchill Northern Studies Center.

    Recognizing Churchill’s history as an 18th century fur-trading post—and as a place of human existence dating back nearly 4,000 years—the trip will also bring to light tales of life on the tundra, courtesy of Katie deMeulles who will share the stories of her mother Myrtle deMeulles, a respected Elder and storyteller who grew up on a trap line and went on to receive the Order of the Métis Nation for her art.

     

    Northern Lights

    Northern Lights Illuminate the Sky

     

    Evenings will be spent in search of the northern lights. Churchill’s frequent clear winter nights and location directly beneath Earth’s auroral oval mean some of the best viewing opportunities on the planet. Travelers will view the aurora at four different private locations well away from the lights of town: from an innovative glass Aurora Pod®, inside heated Aurora Domes with a 360° view through clear tops, from an isolated cabin deep in the boreal forest accessed via snowcoach, and at an illuminated tepee warmed by a campfire at a dog musher’s camp.

     

    Dog sledding

    Adult Siberian Huskies by Mitchell Henderson

    The 7-day departure is priced from $5,995 USD per person and includes accommodation, Expedition Leader(s) and assistants, excursions to Nat Hab’s exclusive aurora-viewing sites, dog sledding excursion, all meals, most gratuities, round-trip private charter flights from Winnipeg to Churchill, airport transfers in-destination,the use of cold-weather gear including a parka, fleece neck buff, fleece jacket, waterproof pants, mittens and Arctic boots, all activities and entrance fees, all taxes, permits and service fees.

    For more information about Natural Habitat Adventures’ nature expeditions around the world, visit www.nathab.com.

    Woman in the snow

    Woman in the bitter cold

    I’m so happy to have you with me for this edition of The Badass Writer!  I’ve got some surprises up my sleeve so be sure to subscribe and/or comment and you’ll be entered to win cool prizes from Sugar-the-Westie and The Badass Fun & Games Department! Let’s rock 2020 together!

    See you soon. Unitl then, please take care.

    Holiday blessings.

    Connie Werner Reichert

     

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