Shortly after takeoff from Barrow when we turned south, I noticed some open water. As in open water all the way to the coast. In Barrow, the ice was still locked to the shore so this was a surprising sight. I believe that this is Elson Lagoon, the body of water just south of Point Barrow. In contrast to the last two weeks, this morning was bright and sunny. Especially noticeable at 1 o'clock this morning with all of the north facing windows in the hut.
I then started noticing all of the lakes in the tundra. Some of them, I'm assuming the shallow ones, were starting to thaw. Some of them that were almost thawed had a lime green color. Normally it's either pretty overcast or dark when I'm flying over the area north of the Brooks Range. Or else I'm sitting over the wing.
I'll be home for a bit before heading back on June 5th. Next week is the Alaska meetup of the United Sidecar Association in Talkeetna, AK. Or at least that's what I'm assuming. I haven't heard anything from the Alaska contact.