Family visit to Nome

Wow! I just had the most amazing visit from my brother, Brent and sister-in-law, Caitlin and their precious, gorgeous bundle-of-joy daughter, Emmaline!
A summary of highlights (see pics below):
-The Farmer’s market and all the other beautiful community events that all the local Nomies come together to create.
-Going to the Bering Tea Co. and Bearing Gifts and Song Shop and local restaurants. There are pretty much only Mom-and-Pop shops here, which I love!
-Taking a tour of the Norton Sound hospital and having Brent and Caitlin meeting so many of my friends and co-workers and bosses. :)
-Going to Council, the Last Train to Nowhere and the East Coast of the Seward Peninsula
-Going fishing with Brent and Caitlin…then going diving for my lost fishing pole and lures. :)
-Driving out to the village of Teller and going to one of the little village clinics and meeting the health aids and clinic clerk
-Beach bonfires
-Seeing a bear!!! and moose! And reindeer, and herds of muskox! And lots of birds and salmon running the rivers to spawn!
-Babysitting my niece, Emmaline, while Brent and Caitlin went four-wheeling out on the tundra and beach (Thanks, Dr. Sicilia!)
-Running on the beach and doing yoga with Caitlin one blue, sparkling, fresh morning!
-Eating at Pingo–one of the most delectable eateries in town! (Salivating just thinking of the food!!!) I could do a whole post about this place, because it’s amazing!
-Meeting the resident reindeer of Nome (named Velvet Eyes)…related to Rudolph. :)
-Watching movies about this region of the world with my family. :) We watched the Snow Walker, Nanook of the North, Before Tomorrow and a documentary from here.
-Just hanging out with my brother, sister in law and niece!

Some of my favorite pics of them:
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I love seeing this sweet girl with her amazing daddy!
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We had so much fun and got to see and do a ton of wonderful things in Nome. The weather also blessed us!

Check out the beauty of Nome!

Tundra colors
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Daisy lotuses :)
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So happy to see my niece again!
Me and Emmaline

Daddy giving flowers to the loves of his life, down on one knee. Happy Two Year Anniversary to Caitlin and Brent, and one-year birthday to Emmaline!!!
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Daddy’s little girl!
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Family portrait on The Last Train to Nowhere, Nome Alaska
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The last train to nowhere. Broke down after the great storm of 1913 that left it stranded here in the wilderness.
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Little cabin in the tundra hills
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Barefoot and happy on the bridge by Salmon Lake! Just went wading in a fresh, cold Alaska river. :)
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Me and my bro
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We drove to Teller, a native village, where we got a small taste of the simple village life. We also got to go into the clinic and meet the health aids and clinic travel clerk.
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Drying fish on the beach
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I love this girl so much!!!!
Playing drums with Emmaline smiling

Down by the Bering Sea!
Me and Emmaline by the ocean

Reindeer. Poor thing was injured. :(
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Little Gold Run cabin on the river
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Brent by the White Alice communication system–left over from the Cold War with Russia.
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Uh oh! Look who’s ready to drive!
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Huge pond dredge…a relic of someone’s golden dream.
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“I musk ox you a question…”
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I love my rugged outdoor car! We forded streams and rivers on our adventures. :)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

LOVE LOVE LOVE this picture! The colors, the greens and blues, the sweet love!
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Couldn’t get enough of this background!
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One morning, Caitlin and I went for a run along the beach and found some beach glass.
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Me and Emmie in the great wild outdoors
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Mountains and wildflowers–fireweed on the tundra!
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We love this place!
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Alaskan gothic
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Homesteaders. :)
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A fishing story

Once upon a time, while fishing on the Nome River, I lost Dr. Liu’s fishing pole. When I cast, half the rod flew off and the string broke (yes, I know I am super strong 😉 haha!). Since it was Dr. Liu’s rod, and she was so gracious to let me borrow it, I had to get it back. We also lost a few of her lures. Luckily Dr. Head had just told me that sometimes his son would go diving in his wet suit down to the old sunken snow machine at the bottom of the river and collect lures that had gotten snagged, which gave me the idea of going diving in my wet suit for Dr. Liu’s pole… I went home and got my wet suit, and borrowed goggles.
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I especially love that my niece looks just as excited as me at the prospect of this great adventure! 😀
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I found her fishing pole!!! :)IMG_2077 It was literally less than 10 feet away from the shore.


After finding the fishing pole, and losing a few lures, I decided to go dive on the snow machine and found this bounty! IMG_2087
When we got back, I traded the lures for some smoked salmon. :) When in Alaska, do as the locals. :)

Caught something!
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Brent fishing with Dr. Head
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*****
Haha! Emmaline’s face is priceless! Gotcha!
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Emmaline’s new name = Adventure Heart!
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Little hands, exploring the world. This girl is so curious about everything!
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Beautiful Caitlin and Emmaline
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Walking barefoot on the beach. Emmaline’s style. :)
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Emmaline made lots of new friends! :)
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When in an Alaska Summer, must have an Alaskan Summer. :)
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We went to vist the hospital, my lovely place of work. Voted #11 for the most beautiful hospitals in America by Soliant Health.

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My office space.
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Brent by the amazing Whale Hunt painting outside the cafeteria. The hospital is like a museum! :)
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We went to the amazing Bering Tea Co. 
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We got to hang out with one of the most beautiful musicians, community organizers and mothers that I have ever met!!!! And her two sweet cubs. :)
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Eating fresh-caught king crab at Pingo, the best restaurant in Alaska…or maybe the world. Erica’s husband caught the crab that morning! She is one incredible chef!
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My family coming to visit made me one happy girl! :)
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Ann Geddes baby, Nome Alaska-style. :)
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Tundra flowers
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Directions for how to get out of Nome!
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Tundra flowers in a tin cup!
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We went down on the beach with the Head family and dammed up the little river. So much fun! Emmaline absolutely LOVED it!
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Brent and Caitlin went on a four-wheeler ride to celebrate their 2nd wedding Anniversary!
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I got to baby sit Emmaline while Mommy and Daddy went out to celebrate! #ourfirstselfie
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Coffee with a reindeer. Posing in Nome with Velvet Eyes, the local reindeer pet. He’s related to Rudolph. :)
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Reindeer in a truck!
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Farmer’s market bounty.
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Model fisherwoman. What fish could resist? :)
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Hanging out at the farmer’s market!
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We drove down to Council, Alaska, which was a gorgeous drive! Once we got there, we drove across the river and went fishing for dinner
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Cooking dinner on the beach fire!
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Vegetarian…well flexetarian now, fishing!
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Umiaq skin boats. Not too long ago these skin boats were used for fishing and hunting, and even though aluminum boats are used now, people still are fairly dependent on subsistence lifestyle.
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17 thoughts on “Family visit to Nome

  1. Love the amazing way you captured our beautiful adventure! We had the BEST time – I will show Emmi these pics when we just miss you way too much!!!!! Love my amazing and beautiful sister in law so much!

    • Thank you, dear sister Caitlin! Thanks so much for coming!!! I miss you guys so much already! Heaps of love and blessings to you guys! Can’t wait to see you again! xoxoxoxo <3

  2. Wow, Shana, you are so talented – your photography is so amazing! LOVED seeing Brent & Caitlin with you, and that Emmie – what a honey!! THANKS for sharing all that! Feels like I’ve been to Nome :) LOVE you!!!

    • Awww, thanks Aunt Connie! You are so sweet. :) Man, I miss you!!! Aren’t they gorgeous?!?! It’s so much fun to share our time together in pictures and stories. I know Nome is far away, but at least this way I get to feel like other family and friends have a chance to see what it’s like and get a feel for life here. :) It is beautiful and such an awesome place to work!

  3. Shana, had lost your site but have found you again. Pretty amazing photography…
    you capture the Alaska adventure. And spin a wonderful tale. Thanks for sharing it.

  4. This is all just incredible and stunning :)

    (thank you for the congrats–‘xc’ means cross country, which for flying means a longer-then-100mi trip from one airport to another. you’ll love flying!)
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      • You’re welcome! Mmmmm…that’s a really good question. I feel like that area became a part of me, or i became a part of it (same thing?). i will definitely be up to visit some time, probably next summer! there are too many great folks to see and catch up with in nome to not swing through :). hopefully when i do, it’ll be in a tiny little airplane! have you found any flight instructors around town? there’s a screaming deal on a great cessna 172 in nome at the moment…just saying :)
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    • Thanks, JJ. :) It’s so much fun to get to share these pictures and memories through this medium. Thanks for reading! Take care and enjoy!

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