Nome Sweet Homes and a PO Box (Day 4)

It’s drizzling today. The first overcast day since I’ve been here, but it’s still in the 50s and not too bad! I went to the post office to drop off my application for a PO box. There’s a waiting list to get a box.
Nome Post OfficeSo until then, my address is:

Shana Theobald
General Delivery
Nome, AK 99762

Here are some pictures from the post office:

Picture in the Nome Post Office

Picture in the Nome Post Office. Wow!

Wow! (it’s not quite this busy anymore)


Then I went to look at houses with a realtor, Nome Sweet Homes (it’s not often that you find an igloo and a cute name on a realtor’s logo). I’m not planning to buy a house yet, but wanted to get an idea of what kind of houses and prices are around here. Houses are very expensive here–it’s the first time I’ve seen a trailer house for over a quarter of a million dollars!: Nome Sweet Homes 2

The rest of the day I wandered around town, and here are some random favorites of what I saw:

The inviting local flower shop


The local Flower Shop. Owned by Trinh, a lovely woman of Vietnamese heritage, whose family has been here forever. She used to be a behavioral health counselor for 14 years in Nome. And now she runs this flower shop, which is lovely. And healing.

Sayings written on the flower shop walls.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Nome Outfitters store (the flower shop lady’s husband owns this store):OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Dredging bucket flower pot:

Dredging bucket flower pot

More flower pots ~ These are old buckets from the gold dredging machines that are discarded and then used to decorate parks and yards.

Dredging bucket flower pot 3    Dredging bucket flower pot 2

My favorite grocery store logo ~ from Hanson’s Trading store:

Hanson's symbol

That is how the sun rolls across the horizon on the long summer days.

Barge on the Bering Sea–this is what my cargo is coming in on! Should be here in 1-2 weeks!


I love the lego-block containers

Ladder on a roof:


This is not one of the Nome Sweet Homes that I looked at today.:)

I can’t get over the colors here, everywhere!: OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

More pics from Nome (more faves)

More exploring before I start at work next week!

The largest gold pan ever. Nome established 1901 after the three lucky Swedes found gold in 1898.The largest gold pan ever. Nome established 1901 after the three lucky Swedes found gold in 1898.

Green container. There is a container in nearly every yard here. People use them as garages for their snowmobiles and ATVs. Because they are metal and water tight, they are weather-proof and great to have for extra storage. Now I’m really glad I ended up buying a half of one for my move (mine is 10 ft, normally they are 20 ft)!Green container. There is a container in nearly every yard here. People use them as garages for their snowmobiles and ATVs.

Green house on the street corner.Green house.

The cutest library and museum sign I’ve ever seen.The cutest library and museum sign I've ever seen.

Street signs

Street signs–getting my “Berings”

Red containerRed container

Small bush plane over Nome.Small bush plane over nome.

Arty binArt bin.

The Nome Nugget ~ the town’s local newspaper (in a nugget of a building :))
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Nome cemetaryOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA In my welcome packet ~ Visitor’s guide from the Nome NuggetOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Pictures from Nome ~ a few of my favorites

Before I start working at the clinic and hospital, I have some time to wander about and explore.

Directions for how to get out of Nome (Ack! :))

Bright blue, happy shedOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEvery house has a mudroom here attached to the entrance, where you take off your muddy boots! It’s essential to keeping a clean home.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARusty corrugated tin houseOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo quaint!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Breakers Bar
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI love the quirks of small towns.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYay for living by the sea! (even if it is frozen 10 months of the year!)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Norton Sound on the Bering SeaOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Coolest camper ever!