Dec 7, 2010
We again come to a time of year many of us are reminded why we choose to live in some of the most ‘remote’ parts of Alaska.
As we move into the winter months, you might think we are less active than our busy summer days, I want to share that we are far from sedentary!
Many parts of Western Alaska are covered in marshes, lakes and creeks which now have frozen over so it is safer to travel. The larger rivers are gathering ice now and should totally freeze over soon so we can REALLY start to travel.
Many have already set their trap lines. Yes, as hard as it is for some people to justify, in reality it is not only an income here but it is also provides varmint control, a food source and of course is seeped in long tradition. I know of no serious trapper who chooses a method that lets an animal suffer needlessly… period. Many times they are much more ‘animal aware’ than people who leave an animal in a house all day bored out of its mind with no stimulation.
Skin sewing, some beading and crocheting are all in full swing now!! A few of us are taking on the fun task to see if we can crochet a warm scarf for all the kids and elders who might need one. Any Christmas project planned needs to be well on their way towards being completion. If you are planning special meals or things that need to be here you better have made arrangements, or it will not get here in time.
The chance to attend local potlucks and school programs is presenting itself more as we move into the winter.
Here in our area, winter moose hunting season will start soon. Also ptarmigan, a small bird something like a quail, are out and about so the opportunity for a fresh meal of game bird is a possible.
As the rivers get safer to travel on, winter fishing will start. Many who want to travel between villages for events can do so more safely during this time.
Of course all of this is on top of the normal winter jobs we do, fuel being hauled and of course prepping and planning for summer projects.
But enough of what all we are doing and just enjoy. Here, so you can see, is a little of what we get to see almost every day!