It was another beautiful day today! I slept in, had instant coffee to wake up. This afternoon I went with my neighbors (the other new doctor’s family) to the beach!
We drove down the road and had a lovely time wading in the water in our wellies, picking up pretty pebbles and seaglass, admiring the sparkling gold flakes in the sand–yes! there is a lot of gold here! But apparently it’s too small to be able to collect. Also, I learned that there is currently a gold rush going on in Nome. Since the price of gold has gone back up, there are a lot of people coming to Nome to try to strike it rich! How wild is that? It’s also wild to think that at one point Nome was the biggest city in Alaska! When I look around at the wild, rugged landscape of mountains and tundra now dressed in fall colors, I can’t really imagine it being so densely populated.
We then drove out to the outskirts of town to drop off their dog at the kennel is staying. The kennel keeps mushing (the proper term for dogsledding, that I just learned) dogs, and the people that own it are very down to earth and super cool! It was heaps of fun talking with them, as Susan, the owner of the kennel was an RN for 30 years, worked in Denver in the ICU (just like my sister) and she moved to Alaska for mushing. Her husband was a corps man in the Navy, worked with the USMC recon soldiers (like my brother!). They were so warm and welcoming! They told stories of the bears that roam around their property and the salmon that swim up the stream by their house. Their house and property is simply beautiful and full of delightful charm. The yard has a lovely garden decorated with rocks, an old spool, driftwood, birdhouses and a variety of reused things, and they have a bathhouse out in their yard with a sauna. Their house is so quaintly adorned with things from nature, like an antler chandelier, vines, old pictures, pieces of old weathered wood,
and so many other beautiful, rustic decorations. They live so simply, and yet so richly connected to nature, to each other to the community.
After we left, we drove through the tundra on the rolling hills, now alive in orange, reds and greens. I must come back to pick berries and stay longer ~this place is deliciously gorgeous!