For this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge, we are asked to share a photo of an object or person in an unlikely place, an unpredictable experience, a serendipitous accident.
So I decided to share a few photos taken during an unlikely trip to an unlikely place, Barrow, Alaska.
Barrow, also known by its Inupiaq name, Utqiaġvik, is a city in northern Alaska. It is the northernmost city in the United States and nearby Point Barrow is the country’s northernmost point.
What were we doing way up there at the tippy top of the world? Good question. Our son, who had just graduated from law school, got a job as an assistant magistrate for the city. And my wife and I went up there to visit him.
So here are a few pictures of our very unlikely visit to Barrow, Alaska.
The first picture shows our tour guide securing a sign at Point Barrow that had been blown down by some stiff winds. Following that is the Welcome to Barrow sign with whale bones on either side. The last picture is a mile marker in central Barrow. New York is only 3,380 miles southeast of Barrow, while Seattle is just 1,960 miles due south.