Wednesday, February 16, 2011
67 degrees N I53 degrees W
Who knew that Penguins and Polar Bears never meet? Polar Bears live only in the Arctic and Penguins live in Antarctica, Australia, New Zealand, and many other places in the world. Polar bears can't see very well but they can smell you from a mile away and they are very dangerous. Lucky for Frances and I, there are no polar bears in the Gates of the Arctic National Park but there are tons of caribou.
We are in the Brooks Mountain Range and it is amazing! Yesterday was the best day of powder skiing I have had in the Arctic. Francis and I built this HUGE kicker, honestly I think Francis got the biggest air off it, but I learned a new trick, a triple rodeo 1260. It was awesome, until I realized I was standing in the middle of a herd of caribou. Big Daddy Bou was NOT happy! He huffed and he puffed and he CHARGED! I "SKI-daddled" out of there faster than the 1997 world record speed of 150 mph! Sorry Jeff, I'm 9 and I have beaten your skiing and your bowling records! Maybe next year :-)
Once Frances and I got back to camp we found some awesome arrowheads. These are made from chert and chert is everywhere in the Brooks Range. I figure making a throwing knife would be safe right about now just in case Big Daddy Bou finds me. It's freezing and my fingers are not able to type very well so I will have to check in once I get to a warmer climate.
the chert is a fine graned