Thursday, March 08, 2007

Want to see Barrow?


Barrow, Alaska is a place I've wanted to visit for a long time. I'm hoping to go there this year, and hopefully take a very short swim in the Arctic Ocean if it is thawed! This picture is a view of Barrow from the frozen ocean. I have included a link to a web cam I found that shows the current weather conditions in Barrow, and the ice covering the ocean. I will keep checking it to see when the ice moves away from shore, then plan a trip to take a dip! (Like my poem?) It's also interesting to note the day light, or darkness. Something new I learned is that even on the longest day of winter, it still gets light there for a couple of hours. I always thought they were in total darkness all winter, but even though the sun doesn't rise above the horizon, the rays still create some light. I saw this on the web cam picture. I find the Arctic fascinating! Here's the link: http://www.gi.alaska.edu/snowice/sea-lake-ice/barrow_webcam.html

6 comments:

gpa john said...

When I was there in 1972 at Thanksgiving, the brightest part of the day was not light enough to take pictures with my Instamatic camera and I have several very dark pictures of scenery and Eskimos to prove it. I'm very glad I went! Hope you can go !

Jeremy & Olivia said...

Sounds fun! I'll go in the ocean with ya!
Jeremy

Becky said...

You should make sure someone takes pictures of you swimming in the Arctic Ocean! It looks pretty cold, you are brave!

Matt Caren Meadow & Logan said...

Yes, I will definately take a picture! I could even get an "offical" certificate if I pay $10 and join the polar bear club. A lady that owns a restaurant provides this service. She watches to be sure you go all the way under! Sounds like a tourist trap to me, but it probably is one of the cheaper souvaniers!

Derek Linder said...

It sounds like fun...count me in!

Jeremy and Kristi said...

Brrrr...My step-dad worked up there for awhile and they had to make sure they kept the doors closed tight otherwise the Polar bears would welcome themselves in.