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
-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!
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!
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!!!
Daddy’s little girl!
Family portrait on The Last Train to Nowhere, Nome Alaska
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.
I found her fishing pole!!! 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!
When we got back, I traded the lures for some smoked salmon. When in Alaska, do as the locals.
When in an Alaska Summer, must have an Alaskan Summer.
We went to vist the hospital, my lovely place of work. Voted #11 for the most beautiful hospitals in America by Soliant Health.
We went to the amazing Bering Tea Co.