I hope everybody out there is grateful for waste disposal services. Shishmaref offers no waste disposal (except of the anuq variety; see here). Garbage day is something we look back on with fond memories. It was so easy when we only had to haul the trash to the curb…Read More
Steve and I are members of the Alaska Anchorage Bush District.
Above is a screenshot of the District Home Page to prove it actually exists. If you can’t read the writing on the picture, you can click on it for a larger version or check out the original homepage here. The district is made up of seven branches located across western Alaska. Six of the branches are in “larger” communities: Nome (population 3,000), Kotzebue (population 6,000), Bethel (population 6,000), Naknek (population 678), Dillingham (population 4,000), and Dutch Harbor (population 2,500).
Living in Shishmaref has exposed us to all sorts of culinary delights. I have eaten things I never dreamed existed. Steve, however, has been a little more cautious about Eskimo food (he always brags about all the crazy stuff he ate on his mission in Brazil, but he can’t handle a few marine mammals. Weakling). I thought I would introduce you to a few of the common Shishmaref delicacies.
I love Shishmaref Sunsets. There’s something about a northern sky aflame with colors that’s absolutely gorgeous. I took this picture a few nights ago. Steve was out, and he came in to tell me about the sunset (he knows I love them and love to take pictures of them; what a nice guy). He was even a good enough sport to pose in the picture for me so I could have a dramatic silhouette.
Because we’re so isolated, kids don’t often have a chance to go on typical field trips. Luckily, our principal is pretty good about arranging for groups and organizations to come to the school. We had one of those “Reverse Field Trips” today.
The Anchorage Imaginarium brought an assortment of reptiles. Steve and I were placing bets on how many cold-blooded animals would die on their way up here, but they all survived (fortunate for the reptiles but unfortunate for Steve and I who both wagered otherwise*…). I guess the cages have heaters in them (that seems like cheating).