I ran the Race Around the World last year.
Well, walked it mostly. It's hard
to run at 9300 ft.
I'm hoping to go down this winter - if I physically qualify and all. Then I can see the Aurora and the long sunset and - as a birthday treat - a long sunrise. And, of course, I can join the 300 club.
You might have liked the early Mardi Gras parade we had this past year. The weather turned suddenly cold, and for about 10 minutes a bunch of carps rode around on the back of a truck bare-chested except for safety harnesses in a temperature of about -45F (-42C). They had a lovely sign that read "You have to be tough if you want to be stupid."
As for polar bears . . . they were selling some small teddy bears with an embroidered map of Antarctica and the words "South Pole Station". I don't know if that counts.