Only in Bush Alaska....
...Can you be at school and over hear a student comment, "Do you have room on your four wheeler?... Just let me grab my lap top." Then later that evening look out your living room window and watch speech pathologist pack his gun into into his backpack secured to a four wheeler.
...Does standard professional attire mean a clean pair of carharts, the newest school pride sports hooded sweatshirt, and mud boots.
...Is a camping size back pack substituted for a briefcase.
...Can you talk on a cell phone while emptying your honey bucket.
...Can you watch satellite TV after you make a trip up river in your boat to collect dry wood so you can fire up your steam outside to bathe.
...Do you have to stay to the far side of the road from the tundra or be blinded by tundra dust sweeping in from the mountains no matter which way ATV traffic is headed.
...Is there truly a four wheeler rush hour
...Does everyone have a boat instead of a car
...Are there no roads coming into to town thus no roads going out of town unless you are in an airplane.
...Can you send a package from the lower 48 to any address and as long as the receiver's and village's name are on it, it will get where its supposed to go...example: I recently told the customer service rep. we ordered sweatshirts from (who was in Indiana or somewhere) that my address was "123 Honey Bucket Lane". The shirts arrived last week. Principal Eric prefers "1234 Salmon Rowe". People get bored and clever therefore addresses get more and more creative (there may very well be an ongoing unspoken competition happening) to the amusement of the postmaster;)
...Does the barge make its last trip into port for the season carrying all the village's fuel for winter and get stuck for several weeks when they try a "new channel" forgetting that the tide goes out (coast guard eventually rescued them so they wouldn't have to wait it out til spring)!
...Can you can travel all year round by snow machine aka"snow go". Apparently tundra is as navigable as snow (we watched several zoom by the other day leaving tundra flying every which way behind them).
...Does everyone notify each other when the store gets a new shipment of fresh produce in or anything else that's really cool.
Friday Night Fish Fry
It's Pine Ridge, It's Wayside, It's Angler's...Nope, it's my house!!!! Mike fried up the fish. I added tater tots and veggies. We had regular ole' fish fry, not just for Wisconsin anymore. We hiked out to the beach several evenings this week trying to seize the day and the light (remember it's fading fast) since Mike is scheduled to depart Sunday evening. Here are some candids of the latest tundra excursions.
Ani in Action Tearing Around the Tundra (his favorite thing to do)
Seriously this is so hilarious to watch. I let him off the leash (he's become very obedient at returning when I call so I trust him now to run free) and ZING! He's gone, faster than a speeding bullet, looking more like a dash hound than a husky:) Leaping over tundra mounds, flying in circles around me then whizzing by and general running all around like a mad dog! I laugh just watching him.