Hunkering Down!

The wind is wicked today, whipping around at 30 mph. The temps are in the 30s (feels like 23), humidity is 92% with a drizzle. All leading to a biting chill making people button down their coats and walk the streets hunched in the wind. I heard it howling all night long, with strong gusty winds (the last time I heard a sound like that was when fighter jets flew over). It’s not just the winter causing the hunkering down, but also the expanding darkness and contracting light; we now have another hour less of sunlight.  The sun today rose at 9:33am (!) and set at 8:03 pm. Even when I don’t have to be at clinic till 9am, I am going to to work in the dark. And we are still losing 6.5 minutes of daylight every day…

I got news that my container is in Nome now! Woohoo! It made it safely!!!  After looking out over the choppy seas and hearing stories of barges that have had containers fall off (and barges that have sunk), I figured there are no guarantees… Apparently it came in while I was in Wales! :) I went out to the shipyard to see it, and to see if there is anything I can easily access in it. There are so many things that I am trying not to buy, because I know they are in the container.

The wharf hunkering down–last barge comes in next weekend, before the sea freezes till June! It felt good to be out in the fresh, brisk air and to enjoy the daylight!

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Port of Nome

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Nice boat!

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Big legos!

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I love the brightly colored blocks!


 I found my shorty container (yay!!!!), but the doorside is against other containers, so I can’t access it yet to get my goods out. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I’m sure it won’t take much to flip it around, given all the heavy machinery hanging out in the yard. So now it’s just a matter of figuring out where to put it (the yard of our multiplex? *sorry neighbors!*), and how much to unpack now, or if I might buy a place and move soon… I’m still not sure what to do, and since I work every week day, I’m not even sure how I’m going to figure it out! [Feeling not quite settled yet, and not knowing how to go about getting settled in…]

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Bus at the boat harbor. I wonder if someone lives here. There is a generator outside hooked up. Au gratin = French for browned crusty topping…this bus definitely has a crusted top.  (I think it might be insulation foam(?). :) Update: just found out that it is a food truck with delightful warm, southern food–see comment below. even cooler. :) http://sarahruthincolor.wix.com/nomefoodtruck 

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The harbormaster’s cozy little house

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No more dredge boats. Not sure what these platforms are.

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The North beach dredge camp–there are still tents here. You can see the stiff wind in the flags and the whitecaps.

 

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Alaska Logistics, my barge service

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Shipyard!

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boat out of water

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