Good afternoon all Arctic Alive Adventurers,
I woke to clears skies today, so I knew it was going to be really
bright out today and a little colder than yesterday's balmy weather.
I was just outside to see Andy, Tom and Don off to their next sampling
site. It is really bright and sunny out. The temperature is about
9 F and there is a steady breeze, so it definitely feels a lot colder
I met Craig George, Harry Brower and Richard Glenn today for our
audioconference. They are all really fascinating people. The audioconference
was great. Stories about hunting, being out on the ice, and animals
were told. We even got to hear Richard and Harry speaking in Inupiaq
and learned many of their names for the ice we have been looking
at the last few days.
After the audioconference I went over to the BASC warehouse to put
away equipment. They have everything you could possibly need to
do research up here. They have enough winter gear to out fit several
dozen scientists. There numerous sleds and snow mobiles. The arctic
ocean starts right behind the building, so I went out and walked
up and down the edge. The views out over the pack ice today are
incredible because it is sunny and clear. If you remember looking
at the pressure ridges in yesterdays photos, today as far as you
can see it is jumbled up pressure ridges. I was still keeping my
eyes peeled for polar bears, but I still have not laid eyes on one.
I will finish wrapping things up here this afternoon and fly back
to Fairbanks with Andy and Hajo. Listen in on Monday when we go
visit the cold lab at the University of Alaska -Fairbanks. Have
a great weekend.