Adventures of an Arctic Chihuahua

Living Small at the Far Edge

Seals, Herring, and the Last Stones of Summer

The Last Stones of SummerThe Last Stones of Summer                                      

Gidget and I, as is sometimes the case, take a jaunt down to the shore to meander among the pebbles and driftwood. We step gingerly over the occasional jellyfish washed to shore and I collect interesting stones. 

This morning as we approached the water, I could see the surface was already smooth and mirror like.  The Kotzebue Sound becomes very still just before a freeze.  This morning it is not at all about to freeze. Though just a few short days ago the biting air told us it was trying or wanting to snow, today it is almost barefoot weather, with slight breeze to the skin. These are indeed the last days of summer.

Soaking it in, my sleeves rolled up on this no-jacket-kinda-morning, Gidget and I listened as the water lapped quietly. Herring jumped and flowed with the current, slapping and flashing a fin or two. At times, a cluster of herring hit the surface frenetically and as a group splashed and shimmered like a silvery puddle in heavy rain.

Further off, a seal or two, or five or six could be spotted, their dark conical heads riding smoothly just above the waters surface. The seals are beginning to migrate south for the winter. Some signal up north, the chill or the movement of the fish, whispers to the seals…”it’s time to be heading off.”

And so it is…

Later gators,
Cheerios and Love Life!
Jennifer and the Arctic Chihuahua

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3 Comments»

  Jennifer wrote @

nanuqweissman

Hey Chihuahua. Nope, sorry, I was living off Greyling St. It sounds like summer is at its end… stay warm!

2008/09/14 at 3:30 PM

  tintaireewgal wrote @

Wow loved reading your article. I added your feed to my reader.

  Dayse Abrantes wrote @

Jennifer,

Where you live sounds like Heaven on Earth. Would like to re-connect and know why you decided to go live there after California.

Love,

Dayse

Google me and Peter Howard Wertheim as oil journalists.


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