Alaska Prospector

Written by: Robert Pettit

Greed overtakes any prospector looking for gold. Here I am above the Arctic Circle braving the cold. The bitter freezing is enough to kill anyone young or old. The river flows under a very thick sheet of ice. Temperatures at fifty degrees below zero are not nice. It is late morning, and the sky is a crepuscular gray. That golden orb called the “sun” has gone away. I won’t see it again for weeks as it is below the horizon. That big husky dog with me is much like his timber wolf cousin. To keep warm, chewing tobacco is of no use. Anyone can grow a beard from frozen tobacco juice. It is unlikely the subzero temperatures will get any higher. Until I get back to camp, I will just have to build a fire. Based on the short story “To Build a Fire” by the late Jack London