Archive for the ‘Bethel’ Category



At 6:30 this evening, I headed from my house down Main St. toward the river, where I met the husband of my boss.  Dave McCormick owns a marine store that sells boats, motors, 4-wheelers and snowmobiles, dirt bikes and accessories.  My job was to assist him in dropping a boat motor onto his wooden craft.  […]

Hail the size of BBs fell from the sky on the walk home this afternoon, and strangely I found it a preferable alternative to the thousands of mosquitoes I’d be facing otherwise.  Walked to work today on an old boardwalk connecting 1st Avenue Access Rd. to the site of the old hospital – a ground […]

Cinco de Mayo


I guess that the alarm bells should have rung when the Yup’ik woman who had dragged me onto the dance floor began baying like a yak.  I’d been dancing on the floor to a mobile DJ at the Cinco de Mayo party for a short while when the front of my shirt was grabbed by […]

The mosquitoes have made themselves known to me over the past two days.  Though my first several days here were insect-free, I was swarmed on my way to work yesterday, ultimately fumbling for my bug spray (“bug dope” to the locals) all the while wishing that I could pull my jacket over my head and […]

Permafrost is a swampland, only further north and with a fancier name.  Frozen solid in the winter months, it turns to mush in the summer, necessitating the construction of often crumbling boardwalks in many portions of the town.  The lack of paved road – impossible to maintain in the winter, I assume, gives a dirty […]

Water came today – perhaps the best thing to happen in the past two days.  Tundra and sub-zero temperatures, not being friendly to underground pipes, mean that many houses are filled by the city water company every Monday.  When I arrived in Bethel on Saturday, the house was dry as the pump ran endlessly. Before […]