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Summer Cleaning

Daynee and the rest of the current volunteers go through years of cherished “hand-me-downs,” treasures passed down from generation to generation of KNOM volunteers. Well, treasures or trash?

Our first family photo

Hellos and Goodbyes

Summer brings a time of transition for KNOM volunteers as new folks arrive and the current volunteers look on to new adventures. Tara looks back on the year’s experiences with her fellow housemates.

My mother visited me in Nome and it was fun and amazing. Photo: Zach, son.

Every Day Is Mother’s Day

Zach’s mother visited Nome for a long weekend, and they celebrated by doing a bunch of activities. One of his favorite weekends in Nome, the hosting nudged him into taking full advantage of the many cool things to do, and he got to share a measure of how rich, exciting, and lucky his past few months have been.

Exploring an abandoned mining camp at Dorothy Falls on Sunday night

Winter to Spring

“Want to go egging?” Volunteer Emily gets a text from a local friend to go collect wild eggs for food, an important protein source in a springtime subsistence diet. As the seasons change, Emily gets out and about in the Nome countryside.

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Gettin’ Crafty

We at Chateau Vol Manor have been getting quite crafty these days. While I could say the increasing amounts of light cause us to rethink our…

Crabcakes I made using (mostly) my new ulu.

Subsistence mooched (redux)

Zach takes another stab (or slice) at incorporating local game and subsistence food into his blog. Warning: you may be ravenously hungry by the end of this post. Have a snack nearby.

Sunset

The light is back.

Little more than a week after the spring equinox, Emily says the already-abundant sunlight in Western Alaska “has thrown the KNOM volunteers into a state of full-on euphoria.”

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No Card In Camera

Tara gets an amazing view of the Aurora Borealis, and forgets to put the memory card in her camera. Sometimes it’s just about the experience.

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Go Team!

With no team allegiance, Emily and Tara join some Nomeites at a local bar & grill to take part in the Super Bowl watching. Emily realizes how common experiences connect us to those far away.