|We flew to Point Hope
on June 29. We rented a fourwheeler to drive to the birdcliffs of Cape Thompson,
first a 40 km trip on the beach to the south and then a winding track to the birdcliffs
(only later people told about Project Chariot and the Firecracker Boys). The first days we
had a wonderful wheather. Nice waders: Bar-tailed Godwits, but also a
couple of Red Knots, defending their territory.
The birdcliffs of Cape Thompson are great. We camped at the top of the cliffs, at one time we could see 10-15 Grey whales in four pods, quite close. We could hear them breathing. Mainly Common and Thick-billed Murres, Kittiwakes and also Horned Puffins. The last night a thick fog closed us in. Visibility was less than 100 m, so we had to drive back in thick fog (a GPS is a wonderful help for navigation).
|Whalebones in the old village|
|The remnants of one of the sod houses|
| We visited Point Hope also
or click on the umiak with the polar bear skin
|On our way to Cape Thompson,
50 km from Point Hope
|On top of one of the cliffs
We heard the Grey Whales breathing,
| The site of "Project Chariot",
The "peaceful" use of atom bombs in the sixties: "The firecracker boys"
|One of our favourites:
|back to canoeing in Point Lay|
|"Firecracker boys" and "Project Chariot"|