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Too windy – Too cold

So, we stay at home and wait, for the winds to die down, before we can go back out on the trail.

Walking around the village of Barrow, it is obvious, people are preparing to go whaling out on the ocean ice for many weeks.

Transportation

Transportation

Four types of transportation

Four types of transportation

Plug it in !

Plug it in !

If you want your vehicle to start, then you best plug it in overnight.
Umiaq standing by, ready to take to the ice

Umiaq standing by, ready to take to the ice

Close the windows !

Close the windows !

New Skins

New Skins

Whales are headed this way !!

A phone call from Whaling Captain, Rex Rock, in Point Hope, was made to the President of the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission – Eugene Brower here in Barrow !  In about 4 days, we should see these whales migrating past the point here in Barrow Alaska.

Photos of Day 9 & 10 on the trail, are being processed and uploaded.

Open Water

Open Water

Huge Ice Chunks
Huge Ice Chunks

Now, you can easily see, some of the two story high pieces of ice that are all over the place out here, you can’t recognize the size of them, until, you see something ‘normal size’ beside or near them. Then it is obvious !!

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Day 8 out on the trail.. ..

We spotted polar bear tracks,, heading from Barrow, out to the ice where we are going to work on the trail.

Polar Bear Tracks

Polar Bear Tracks

 After noticing that the tracks were coming from barrow, we look to see what / where is the destination and we follow, but nothing was sighted in our area this day.

As we were standing there, Euguene Brower & Charles Brower began to speak of a time, years ago here out on the ice when they went to check the trail, just as we were doing now.  Euguene & Charles saw a polar bear standing near the open lead, looking into the water, the bear bent over and grabbed a big huge piece of ice and lifted it, thought about it and placed it down and grabbed a much larger piece of ice and walked back over and stood at the water, The bear dropped the ice into the water and then dove in and climbed out with a beluga whale, much to the amazement of the two Inupiaq Hunters that witnessed this event. 

They had each been in shock over the bears ‘thought’ process which spoke much of the intelligence of this particular bear which was bigger then most !!

Out to the ice .. .. we follow !

Out to the ice .. .. we follow !