Toolik Lake post-script: New York is a hot, crowded world away from the tundra and the Brooks Range, but I can revisit the North Slope (and some charismatic megafauna), thanks to this video of some fox kits and a wolf seen near the Arctic Long Term Ecological Research site.

Both critters were the talk of the Toolik field camp during my stay, but I wasn’t lucky enough to see them myself.

The video was shot and edited by staff naturalist Seth Beaudreault, another one of the dauntingly adventurous “bipolar” types I met there who hops between gigs in the Arctic and Antarctica. Many thanks to Seth for sending this my way!

Back at LaGuardia

Back to the lower 48

About to leave Anchorage, and sorry to say goodbye to a most singular state. Good thing I have souvenirs from the Deadhorse supply store! Dalton Highway long-sleeve tee, complete with silk-screened musk ox (I did, finally, see one in the flesh on the drive from Toolik to Prudhoe Bay).

One of the three infamous Toolik Towers, i.e. outhouses, that serve the camp. Did I mention there was no wastewater disposal system here?

One of the three infamous Toolik Towers, i.e. outhouses, that serve the camp. Did I mention there was no wastewater disposal system here?

Last sunset (for me) over Toolik Lake.

Last sunset (for me) over Toolik Lake.

The view on a clear morning.

Toolik Lake.

View from the dining hall, aka my office.

View from the dining hall, aka my office.