What a beautiful night on the ice. Congratulations to all 3(!) of the crews who harvested a whale last night (into today). I haven't been to Barrow in two years and had almost forgotten the contagious, magical feeling of joy this time of year brings to the community. Also I was blown away by how many people kindly remembered me with hugs, offers of unalik (fresh, boiled whale skin and blubber), burgers, coffee, and embarrassing stories about the last time I was here.