Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Winter leaving slowly

Grace and greetings.

To the left, you can see our Million Dollar football field that I wrote about last fall. What you can not see in this picture, is that the playing field is blue, and the yellow/gold circle in the middle of the field is the Barrow High School Whaler. Of course the school colors are blue and gold, hence the colors of the field. The side lines are green, like you would find in any artificial grass. The field was the idea of a Florida woman who raised the money for the field after seeing an article on ESPN. She raised the money and found a way to get the field transported up here, several different companies were involved from Florida, Pennsylvania and other parts of the United States. After preparing the land, to getting everything ready to play on, it cost over a Million Dollars to put in place. Do not get me wrong, I am glad that the village of Barrow has a football field to play on, but a million dollars? Hopefully the other villages in the North Slope will not be pressured in getting their own field.

As you can see in the picture as well, just when we thought summer was on its way, the clouds and cold wind returned. We had a wonder week or so of sunny weather, but the last week or so has been overcast and cold winds. At least the air temperature has remained above freezing for the most part. I saw the field while I was driving out to the end of the road last week, and noticed that it was poking through the melting snow so I stopped and took these two pictures of it. I was wondering how it faired over its first winter, I guess we will find out when football season returns to Barrow.

Peace and blessings.

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