04/05/2005: "Barrow Alaska"
Did I mention that the Alaska Library Association's annual conference this year was in Barrow? Holy Crap. It was -37(F) when the plane landed. I have gone to every conference since becoming a librarian except for this one. The dates were right before my phantom show, so I thought I'd be too busy and stressed out for the 6 days it would take to get there and back again. Several of my co-workers went however, and the posted some images from it at on the conference website.
Looking at the images made me regret not going this year. Everyone that went (from Southeast) had to borrow big fur lined parkas and mukluks for the trip...winters here are super mild.
Yesterday they interviewed a barrow man about the start of this years whale hunt. Seems the whales have been a month early the past 3 years and the pack ice is shrinking so they can no longer haul the whales onto the ice because it isn't thick enough anymore to support the weight.