Back in the Alaska Bush

After summer break, we're back in the Alaska Bush

We've been back in Brevig Mission for a while, but it's time to let the blog know. 🙂

Back in the Alaska Bush Kaitlyn Scenic

One of Kaitlyn's favorite things to do is take walks on the beach while the weather is nice. The above picture is taken looking west and east from the shore of Grantley Harbor.

Back in the Alaska Bush Starfish Family

Kaitlyn collected starfish to make our family, including her biological mom, brother, and grandparents.

Back in the Alaska Bush Tiny Crab

We found lots of treasures, including this tiny crab shell.

Back to the Alaska Bush Driftwood

Driftwood is fun!

Back to the Alaska Bush Collection of Bones

Kaitlyn amassed a pretty impressive collection of bones, which she organized on the driftwood.

Back to the Alaska Bush Initaq

On our way back home, we stopped by an initaq. Initaq is Inupiaq for drying rack. This initaq was full of fish.

Back to the Alaska Bush Dry Fish

People in Brevig call this dry fish. Once it's ready, you keep it in the freezer. It's a handy snack. I really like dry fish, but Steve isn't a fan.

Back to the Alaska Bush Scenic

My view while sitting on the beach, watching the gentle waves lap the shore.

This is the Alaska people dream about. And I get to live here.

My principal asked us to share why we worked in Brevig Missionat our first full staff meeting. After some reflection, here are the reasons I came up with:

  • I love my students and their families.
  • I feel a devotion to the community because of all they've given my family.
  • I want my kids to have a connection to the people and places of their heritage.
  • I feel useful.

Runner-up reasons that didn't seem very profound:

  • I don't have to learn students' names every year or semester.
  • I can wear denim shorts on inservice days.
  • Nobody expects me to wear makeup.
  • Everybody in town knows my name.
  • I can walk into any home around 5:00pm, be fed dinner, and sent home with leftovers and/or meat.

It may not be for everybody, but these are some of the reasons I am back in the Alaska Bush.

I wish all teachers (and normal people) good reasons for working and living where they are!