As the months dwindle onwards, it’s become clear that summer doesn’t last forever. Whether it’s the mornings lost to darkness, or the tundra’s rusted exterior, fall’s presence is hard to ignore. But the strangest part of the coming season, Tyler observes, is that, for the first time, he’s not in school anymore.
“Anyone who lives in Alaska knows it,” Tyler says. “Salmon has been, and always will be, a big deal.”
Karen, Lauren, Tyler, and Davis discuss some of the ways they’ve had to adjust personally, socially, and mentally in order to feel at home in Nome.
“The feeling getting off the plane, bathed in pre-solstice midnight sun, is most closely relatable to the feeling one has at the peak of a rollercoaster. It’s fear, excitement, elation, and a complete willingness to plunge into the unknown,” Tyler says.
“I’ll never be able to repay the kindness I received in this place. But I’ll try,” Mitch says in his final audio blog.
Maddie tries to find the words to say goodbye.
Maddie makes it her goal to spend as much time as possible outside with the changing seasons.
The sun is back, and the streets of Nome are bustling — with kids.
As the seasons change, Maddie finds strength in her surroundings.
After explanations fall short, Laura hosts her first visitor and appreciates how showing someone life in Nome is so much better than telling.