Thursday, April 28, 2011

Road's Gone Now We Have A River

You'll look up and down streets.  Look 'em over with care.
About some you will say, "I don't choose to go there."
With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,
you're too smart to go down any not-so-good street.
And you may not find any
you'll want to go down.
In that case, of course,
you'll head straight out of town.
It's opener there
in the wide open air. 
~Oh, The Places  You'll Go, Dr. Seuss 

In the



A great shot, notice the drying smelt and ptarmigan

The New Quinhagak River
Impromptu Bridge the Village scrambled to build.

Kids playing in the new river.
 "Quinhagak" in Yupik it's name means "A new river channel".  Our foundation around this tundra village is all gravel.  And this week our new river channel decided to flow right smack dab through the village separating uptown from downtown! The village maintenance crew had to bust out all the big equipment to dig out the path the water was headed through before it eroded more of the road than necessary. From there a make shift bridge was placed over the river.  We are no longer driving the magic school bus to work as the bridge is just not quite structurally sound enough to be sure it would withstand our weight.

We also had some vandalism go on the other night, part of which resulted in the office building of the Coastal Villages Regional Fund being set on fire.  Several four wheelers were stolen and the 'gas station' (small out building where one can purchase gas during certain hours and days from the store) broken into. 
Big trucks, little trucks, and four wheelers
Seems like everyone has been on edge lately, I'm chalking it up to spring fever.  We all get a little crazy this time of year, everything changing. Seems everyone is waking up kinda grumpy and groggy from the long winter hibernation.  It'll pass.  All is well otherwise, the weekend is nipping at our heels and I for one am eager.  I have a bit more packing to do;)  From the fast melting tundra...this is Rachel saying Pirrua.
Fire at CVRF
Fannie's new tundra efficient prototype home
Me and Terri Under the Table at Fannie's

Shout Out To:  Joshua Mac Skime...turning 31 on the 29th!  I love you little brother of mine:)  Now off you go into your thirties;) Happy Birthday!  And to everyone joining us in Quinhagak this weekend for the Annual Moravian Youth Singspiration!  The village will be busting at the seams with visitors from all over this region in no time.  Welcome To Quin Everybody!

"By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—set us right with him, make us fit for him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that's not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God's grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise."  Romans 5:1


  1. Wow, i was so glad when i heard fannie got the house. Bet the singspiration is another year of success. wish i were there.

  2. Rachel,

    Your pictures and life are amazing.
    We need to catch up; it's been way too long!

    Love you,

  3. Hey Kid, You are really AMAZING!!!! Keep me posted on everything. Take Care and May God Bless Always!!!