Barrow, Alaska Adventure! (ft  Real Life Lore and Wendover Productions!)

Barrow, Alaska Adventure! (ft Real Life Lore and Wendover Productions!)


Recently, RealLifeLore, Wendover
Productions and I had the opportunity to travel to the northernmost city in North
America: Barrow, Alaska. While there is plenty of fascinating information
regarding this Arctic frontier town, this video is going to take a slightly more
personal approach. Instead of facts and figures. I’m going to read an excerpt
from the journal I kept in Barrow, and share some first impressions. [Wind]
[Low-frequency humming noise] [Music] Barrow, Alaska is beautiful. Perhaps not
in the traditional sense, as aside from a handful of respectable hotels and
government buildings, the city could only be described as gritty, faded, and
utilitarian. But for all its dust, and mud, and near total lack of creature comforts, Barrow manages to make you smile. Not without a scarf around your face, of
course, as your lips are liable to crack from the cold should you attempt it. Barrow is a town utterly without pretense.
It makes no excuses for its rugged appearance, nor would you expect it to, as
everyone in town has more important things to do. So, while it is true that
the town is unapologetically Spartan, for it to be any other way would seem
disingenuous. You wouldn’t expect an opera house, or a Botanical Garden, or any
other such frivolities from a frontier town, and you won’t find them here, but
what you do get is something much more special. This frozen town of 5,000 people
sits on the very edge of the Arctic Ocean,
an expanse largely covered in thick sea ice and drifts of snow. Trudging across
the dirty, gray stretch of sand along the ocean in layers upon layers of winter
clothing, and looking out over the endless expanse of white makes you
realize how uniquely unsuited humans are to such an environment. The fact that
polar bears are known to wander along the icy coast just a stone’s throw from
the beach certainly adds to that feeling of being in a position of inferiority. As you leave the shoreline and walk along the muddy roads of Barrow, you can begin
to piece together a ramshackle history of the stubborn outpost. Cars and trucks
in varying stages of decay litter the outskirts and snowdrifts of town. Here, a
work truck, half buried in snow, its windows shattered, and door hanging
limply from its hinges. There, a ruined old car, paint nearly stripped bare and
sunk into the bumpers in thick, perpetual mud. An entire lineage of automobiles,
stretching back to the beginning of barrow itself, which coughed their last,
and were left to crumble where they stood, defeated by conditions too
unforgiving for all but the most robust utility vehicles. As I sit writing this,
the clock inches towards midnight, and yet outside the window the town remains
bathed in a dull, blue-grey light. The trucks pass less frequently, and the
goals have mostly settled for the night, but the Sun refuses to relinquish its
grip on the day. During this time of year, week after week of unforgiving sunlight makes blackout shades a necessity, with which, thankfully, our hotel is equipped.
This harsh day-to-day reality is what makes Barrow so beautiful in its own
special way. The juxtaposition, that line drawn in the sand between man and nature,
a place where, for all our ingenuity, nature still gets the best of us. It’s
not a place I’d like to stay, it’s not a place I’ll likely visit again, but it’s
certainly not a place I’ll ever forget. I know this video is very different from
what you’re used to seeing on this channel, so be sure to let me know what
you think in the comments. Should we go on more adventures like this, and make
more in depth videos? Share your opinion. Make sure to stay tuned for videos from
RealLifeLore and Wendover Productions on the subject of Barrow,
Alaska. If you enjoyed this video, you can subscribe by clicking here.
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clicking here. And finally, come check out the new combined RealLifeLore and
Second Thought Instagram, where we share pictures of our adventures and daily
life. Thanks for watching and I’ll see you in the next video

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