In this week’s volunteer blog post, Lauren reflects on the joys of old, leaky houses — and, with her fellow volunteers, reflects on a recent retreat weekend near Cape Nome.
“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.
“I never really understood what it meant to be humbled by nature until I came here,” Tyler reflects. Join Davis, Karen, Lauren, and Tyler as they discuss the impact the Western Alaskan environment has had on them.
“If you live in Nome, you always have a song in your head,” Lauren observes. She and volunteers Davis, Karen, and Tyler recall the 2016 folk fest in their latest audioblog episode.
“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.
In her final audio blog post, Emily is in the “hot seat” in Studio C. “You were all so kind,” she says. “I will be forever grateful.”
“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.
In her final blog post (and first audio entry), Laura takes on the impossible task of saying goodbye to Nome.