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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

My Alaska Adventures.

I had a few requests to share with you all more about my adventures while I was living in Alaska. So I went searching for that cowboy boot box full of all my pictures.

I thought I would start with a picture of my home (top) which was about 5 miles outside of Fairbanks. I search for many weeks before I found this place. I looked at several places that had NO inside plumbing and no matter how pretty the cabin was in my heart I could not bring myself to have NO running water in the cabin. This also meant I would have to go outside to the "Out House" in very inclement weather during the long winter months. vbg NO NO I was NOT up for that much adventure. LOL So I settle for a home with all the luxuries and I even had heat in my garage to keep my truck warm too.

The second picture is of a lady musher and myself. I was a volunteer for the Yukon Quest Dog Race and my job was to go around and inspect the dog sleds to make sure that the musher had a set of footies for their dogs and other safety things. Yes, I am the one with the fur hat.

There is a story about this lovely hat. I was in Ruby Alaska which is a village along the Yukon River, and after I had walked to the village school I was feeling very cold that morning. One of the native ladies told me I needed to get a hat like all the village people used to keep their heads warm. I told her they all looked very warm and I would look into getting one. The next time I was in Ruby a knock came to the nurse's cabin one evening and I was pleasantly surprised to see the same native lady with a present for me. She had made this hat for me and never again was my face or head cold again. I still have this hat and I will treasure this special gift forever.

The third picture is of me and my first CPR class. I am sitting in the chair and my students were parents of student who were living in homesteads North of Fairbanks. Once a year in January for a week the school would fly them into Fairbanks and we would provide safety classes of all kinds. Can you tell we were all very happy.

The last bottom picture is of me preparing for my first trip out into the bush to a school in Manley Hot Springs. The bush pilot took this picture. I was very nervous for all kinds of reasons but I should of not worried because I was warmly welcome at the school and by the village people. This village also had natural Hot Springs that I was shown and was able to enjoy while I was there during the week.

More about My Alaska Adventures to come.


kerrykatiecakes2 said...

Thank you for sharing these pictures Judy! It looks so wonderful. I hope you will share more about your time up north? lol - the first thing I looked for in your Alaska quilt was the Northern Lights - and there they were in the sky! lol I love it!

Maggie R said...

Oh MY Judy! your time in Alaska was so interesting. What posessed you to go there? Was it through your nursing?
You are much tougher than I ever could be... I hate winter!!! but I sure loved your white fur hat!!!!VBG

magnoliasntea said...

Hi Judy!
This is great reading. Thank you so much for sharing your Alaska adventures. Love that hat! Have a great week!
~ Toni

Jane said...

how interesting to look back, great memories for you

margaret said...

thanks for sharing this tile with us, I do not think I could survive in all that cold. Look forward to seeing more of this time when you have time

Dianne said...

Happy times for you Judy. That was so beautiful of the lady to give you the hat. Sounds like you did have a really amazing time.

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