Every now and then Barrow gives you a day that makes it all worth while. What was intended to be a quick walk on the beach, ended up taking longer as there were I think two whales, one a baby, 50 feet off the beach. They come in to scrape the barnacles off their bodies on the shallow shelf. Then as we were getting back in the car, I noticed these beautiful clouds casting a shadow on the horizon and looking all moody. Perfect.
The ocean has been as calm as a lake this week. The Arctic Ocean fascinates me in many ways. I’m always finding interesting creatures, beach combing here is particularly fun as you can find something as large as a whale vertebra down to something as small as beach glass, and the water itself is ever changing. From waves big enough to surf to you-can-skip-stones-on-it calm. My favorite part of summer is having the water back and I’ve been spending as much time as possible being near it.