Saturday June 16th
(A Day in Barrow))
We are staying at the King Eider Inn. We checked in
yesterday. We had a reservation for a regular room last night and then we
had reserved the "Presidential Suite" for tonight and tomorrow night.
What we did today: drive around town; Inupiat Heritage Center; Polar
Bear search, and a little more.
What we learned today: no paved streets; everything built on the
permafrost; only way to get here in the summer is by plane- in the winter
there is a frozen road from Prudhoe Bay (about 500 miles); Barrow is
the capital of the North Slope Borough, the largest borough in the world at 89
million square miles; wealthy
borough- $80 million High School & Elementary School; saw no Polar Bear.
Thought it best that we show you our day in pictures:
Met Charles (Pres. of Board of Ed) & Rebecca Brower at breakfast
No Paved Streets
Entering Inupiat Heritage Center
Dance Demonstration in the Center
Sharon teaching Inupiat Children how to dance
Inupiat Blanket Toss
Polar Bear Search Tour
Homes built on stilts because of Permafrost
Sharon, refusing to dip toe in Arctic Ocean, dips finger and then complains