timistravels

My job allows me to visit a lot of Alaska on a yearly basis. I wanted to capture the trips in one location!

“Flying Wild Alaska” Unalakleet adventure Jan. 16-18, 2012

on January 24, 2012

I didn’t make it to Unalakleet (YOO-nuh-luh-kleet) on the day I was supposed to because they had too much fog for a plane to land, but I did make it in the next day around noon. Bering Strait School District has 15 sites and people from each site flew to UNK for the training I was leading.  The  communities in this school district are:

  • St. Michael
  • Elim
  • Brevig Mission
  • Diomede
  • Gambell
  • Savoonga
  • Teller
  • Koyuk
  • Golovin
  • Shaktoolik
  • Shishmaref
  • Stebbins
  • Unalakleet
  • Wales
  • White Mountain

Unalakleet is located on the Bering Sea, about 150 miles South of Nome.  Unalakleet has both Athabascan and Inupiat Natives that call the area home.   In the 1830’s Russian American Company built a trading post in Unalakleet, and they still have amazing artistic items to buy.

I felt welcomed from the minute I landed and loved both my days there.  I walked from the school to dinner at “Peace on Earth Pizza” in -10 and it was as cold as you might think.  After dinner we were driven to our hotel where I ended up spending about 4 hours sitting with many of the ladies in my training and talking about life in their villages. I felt blessed to listen to them telling stories of life in the years past.  Esther an 81 year old grandmother of over 80 grand children warmed my heart.  Ironically I know on of her grand kids, Fred, whom I met my first year at the University in Sitka, 1996!  Small world.

I learned how TB took most of the individuals in Wales, and how they buried individuals on the other side of Tin Mountain.  I learned how many of the women met their husbands, how they birthed children (and sadly lost some), how they lived off the land and how they loved to sit around and talk, much like we were doing that night.  I felt blessed to be involved in the evening.

On Wed. I continued training with the group and finally prepared to catch my flight back to Anchorage ~ this is when the excitement began!  I was flying on ERA Air and for anyone that might watch “Flying Wild Alaska” you know that the Tweto Family run the airline there in Unalakleet.  My friend Kristie’s son Camden LOVES this show and family and I was able to meet 3 of the family members and have them sign a hat and t-shirt for him, as well as deliver a letter he wrote to them.  I was almost as excited as he was.

As I flew out, the sun was setting on the Bering Sea and I am already looking forward to a return trip to this region next year!


8 responses to ““Flying Wild Alaska” Unalakleet adventure Jan. 16-18, 2012

  1. Holly Bishop says:

    I love this!!! Thank you for including me in your blogging. I can’t wait until the kids are old enough to come to see you.

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    • timistravels says:

      Holly I can’t wait either… one of these days! but Heather’s been saying that for years and now her kids are so old that they might be too busy to come, it’s a fine balance. Can you tell her about this blog? I can’t seem to find a working email for her, but that’s Heather 🙂

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  2. kathy grisinger says:

    What a wonderful opportunity! I love to hear about such a positive experiance in the education field. Not many down here right now.

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  3. Heather says:

    Ethan and I just read your first blog. Fun. Camden must be close to ethans age? about that alaska trip, never say never:)

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  4. WooHoo!!! I’m so stoked that I get to follow my super awesome timmers around Alaska!!! Thanks for sending me link!!! Lots of love to you my dear, dear friend!!!

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  5. Savanah Schapman says:

    Aunt timi i will “never say never” along with Aunt Heather:) love you

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