The 100-year-old Colorado Springs woman crossed another item off her bucket list earlier this month.
You remember our profile of Elsa Bailey’s 100th birthday. When she turned 100 in May, she went skiing at Arapahoe basin. Bailey recently returned home from Manitoba, Canada, where she toured an area known for its polar bears. Seeing polar bears in their natural habitat was a dream of Bailey’s.
Bailey spent five days in Manitoba, where she cruised in Polar Rovers, slept on the tundra in the mobile Tundra Lodge, saw polar bears and took a dogsled ride, according to a Winnipeg Free Press story.
“I wanted to do this for years and all of a sudden, it manifested,” Bailey told the Free Press. “They asked me what I wanted to do for my 100th birthday and I said I wanted to see the polar bears. I’ve seen them on TV but this just feels different, when it’s real.
The trip to Canada was a surprise gift to Bailey by Natural Habitat Adventures in Boulder.
“She had the time of her life seeing polar bears and dog sledding, and even got up in the middle of the night to see the Northern Lights,” NHA spokeswoman Emily Deemer said in a news release. “She was a real trooper with the cold temperatures. She is a true inspiration and proves you’re never too old to fulfill a lifetime dream.”