Snow on the ground

It appears that Winter has officially arrived~ I just returned from a quick weekend trip down in Anchorage, and there is snow covering the ground here in Nome! And the pack ice is moving into the Bering Sea by Kotzebue–won’t be long before it moves into Nome. Let the Winter begin. πŸ™‚

I feel so lucky to have gotten to go to Anchorage for the weekend, to fly through the mountains in a little cessna, and I actually got to fly the airplane a bit! Talk about being stoked! πŸ™‚ It’s amazing the feeling of flight, to see the world in a completely different way, from above, but not too high above. And to control a little vessel to ride the air…that is exhilarating. I got to meet some great souls, most of them Alaska pilots, who have been flying for years in the bush! Talk about some full-of-life, inspiring conversations and some crazy stories!!! πŸ™‚ I think I can say this was hands-down the best weekend that I have spent in Alaska so far. πŸ™‚

From the airport, I ran home and changed into scrubs for my ER backup shift, and went to the hospital..still basking in the afterglow. πŸ™‚

Wingtip and mountain tops! Feel the sky!
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Massive glacier. I love Alaska!!!
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Flying by the mountain
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Breathtaking beauty, glacier’s edge.
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Banking into a 45 degree turn. How the world looks from level with the dashboard.
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The birth of a new sun into the Underworld. πŸ™‚
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I got to fly the Cessna 172! I was so stoked!!! There are no words to capture the magic of flying….. I can’t wait to get my pilot’s license, and started looking into ground schools on the way home. πŸ™‚
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It feels like it was just a dream!!!

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Pack ice coming into Kotzebue! Bering Sea freeze up is underway.
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Some reflections (by Hafiz)

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A Great Need

Out

Of a great need

We are all holding hands

And climbing.

Not loving is a letting go.

Listen,

The terrain around here

Is

Far too

Dangerous

For

That.

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Why Not Be Polite?
Everyone
Is God speaking.
Why not be polite and
Listen to
Him?

Β Great reminder!!!!

3 thoughts on “Snow on the ground

  1. Hi, I just stumbled across your blog. I work at Mayo Clinic and after reading a few entries it makes me grateful for all the specialists, sub-specialists, diagnostic equipment, therapeutic modalities and every other thing on a medical wish-list we have here. It makes what you do quite impressive.

    Question: If all the houses are up on stilts, how does your plumbing or sewer line not freeze?

    Have a great day.

    • Thanks, Brad for the comment! Yeah I agree, sometimes I forgot how lucky we were to have all that–I really, really miss the code team and the rapid response team, and Surgery for the central lines and acute evals and Anesthesia for the intubation, and Cardiology for the acute cardiac events… πŸ™‚ But then I also think about how much we have here compared to a rotation I did at a hospital in PNG, and it makes me grateful for what we do have. πŸ™‚

      Good question! To be honest, I don’t think I know the full answer–I have seen some crazy, funky insulation around pipes, that looks like massive, heaping, sprayed-on foam, and other pipes with neatly encircled foam, but I don’t know for sure… Hmmmm. Great question. πŸ™‚ I will have to ask now… πŸ™‚

      What do you do at Mayo clinic?

  2. I work in cancer research. We genetically modify common viruses to attack tumor cells rather than healthy tissue. Does it work? Sometimes. Here is one of our trial in the news a few months ago:
    usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2014/05/15/measles-vaccine-cancer-mayo-clinic/9115363/

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