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Sunday, September 9th, 2007

I’ve been up here for over two weeks and, sad to say, I’ve pretty much seen everything in town – and it’s a bit of a stretch to say that many of these sights are special. The whale-bone arch in the above photo I suppose is the quintessential shot of this place. Outside of most every public building there are bones of whales – whaling is an important subsistence activity here. Most hunts are usually in the spring, but there are fall hunts, so I hope to see one in progress – or at least be around when they bring one in.

cruise.jpgOne doesn’t think of Barrow and the Arctic coast as a cruise ship destination, but this ship sailed to town last weekend. It originated in Greenland and was heading to Cold Bay on the Alaska Peninsula – a tour of the Northwest Passage. I chatted with a few of passengers. Most all were rich and retired Germans or Scandinavians and were all interested in this part of the world. Bleak and beautifully desolate were the most-often heard descriptors of their voyage.

I suppose one’s right to a speedy trial is important way up north – wouldn’t want to have any frozen assets or anything.

Field Guide to the Arctic Blue-Turfed Hooligan

Sunday, September 9th, 2007

This past Saturday was the final football game of the year for the Barrow Whalers. They played Nikiski, a team from the North Road of the Kenai Peninsula. There’s not much to do here, and despite not being a fan of the sport, I did head to the field, located some 3 or 4 miles east of town and placed between the Arctic Ocean and a tundra lake. I know the fathers of a couple of the NiHi players, and sure enough, one of them was there to root for his son, the quarterback. He didn’t have much to cheer about as NiHi turned the ball over 4 times and saw a 15-14 lead become a 27-15 loss. The wind howled for the entire game – most spectators stayed in their cars. A few fans watched from the make-shift bleachers and provided a bit of local color. It’s surprisingly curious that the Barrow team is a multi-cultural mix of Inupiat, Caucasian, African-American, Samoan, and other players of various ethnic backgrounds.

Check out one of my previous posts (It blows here in Barrow) for the skinny about the football team.

Arctic Ocean Beach Bum

Saturday, September 1st, 2007
barrowbeach.jpgIt's the first of September and the beginning of the the 3-day Labor Day Weekend. Slept in a bit - I usually have to wake up at 5:30 AM to get to school on time, ... [Continue reading this entry]