Broke again. Home remodeling does drain the bank account. Oh, well. Time to go back to work. This time I have 3-month gig teaching in Goodnews Bay a remote Yup’ik Eskimo village in Western Alaska. I’m filling in for a teacher who has some medical issues and needs to be near a hospital.
So far, so good. The village is in a gorgeous setting between two rivers with mountain chains to the north and the south. Of course, there are no roads here – access only by small plane. I have a class of six fourth-graders and each one of them is happy, eager to learn and well-behaved.
My timing has been good. After a week of classes, it’s spring break for a week. Of course, it’s not quite spring and since it has been below 0F with tremendous winds, it is really just a late-winter break. But no matter, I’ve got free time and there are mountains and valleys to explore. A couple of the teachers have sled dogs, so I hope to get some mushing in. Maybe I’ll go ice fishing, and if I’m lucky, I’ll go caribou hunting.
In the meanwhile, there are some tremendous hikes. Today I did a U-shaped route up a ridge behind the school and followed it up and around, down a valley, and then back up to another ridge top, down again through the village and home again.
Tags: alaska, eskimo, Goodnews Bay, teaching, Yup'ik