Well we pulled into Anaktuvuk Pass today at 2:30 pm. The first person we saw was across the airstrip - a hooded figure pushing a baby stroller.
"That's appropriate for this trip," said Jason, "since we've seen so many babies - caribou, birds, flowers, it only makes sense that the first person we see would be pushing a baby too."
Since Jason's flying out tomorrow, his first order of business was finding a place to stay, and eat, and it wasn't going to be in our pyramid tarp.
"What are you going to do?" he asked, "while I eat my bacon cheeseburger and sleep in a bed, Roman?"
"Monkey see, monkey want," I replied.
So I ate with Jason, trading in the olive oil and noodles I carried from Kivalina for a bacon cheeseburger at the Nunamut Camp restaurant.
Jason's boyish good looks had gone ruggedly hansome with his three-week beard, and soon, every high school girl in Anaktuvuk Pass (pop. 300) was in the place.
The biggest group crowded the table next to ours, giggling.
Jason left to call his girlfriend.
We each got a room, for $160 per person. We took showers and washed our clothes, and were asleep by 7:00 PM.
- Roman Dial