These are the cubs that were with the bear from yesterday. They were pretty dang cute, despite being covered in dirt. Oh well, kids will be kids.
We refueled our helicopters at Kaktovik yesterday. This is a small Inupiat village not too far from Canada. I'm not sure, but I don't think there are any roads leading to this place, but there is a plane that flies in once per day. I kept trying to picture what it would be like to live there in January when there isn't any daylight. I think I'd want a good cable package (Dana Petersen photo).
I finally saw an arctic fox up close when my camera was handy. This little guy was hanging around our lab space last night. The fur will thicken up and become more white as winter progresses. They are extremely well-insulated, and don't begin shivering until temperatures hit -40.
The Inupiat at Kaktovik still participate in subsistance whaling. This is the bone pile from this years catch. According to Wikipedia bowheads are around 60ft in length, have the largest mouths in the world, live incredibly long (up to 200 years), and use their massive heads to bust through sea ice up to 2 ft thick to make breathing holes (Dana Petersen photo).
I took some pretty sweet action photos of weather this morning, respectable drifting for early October. Well, maybe not for Deadhorse.
Really nice kitchen here at Bald Mountain. I would kill for a stove like this in our apartment back in Laramie.
My bedroom. The view is east out of Deadhorse, and I felt the brunt of that easterly wind last night.
Looking out my window this morning as the window panes trembled and creaked.