I left Pittsburgh yesterday morning at 6 am on a flight to Minneapolis, then on to Anchorage, Alaska. The first flight was pretty short, but the second flight took a little over 6 hours because of a strong headwind. Once I got to Anchorage I grabbed a taxi over to Merril Air Field where I took the bush plane to the village of Igiugig where I will be until next Monday. It was a windy day which caused a fair bit of turbulence, and believe me you feel it a lot more in a small plane. My cousin, Andrew, and his wife, Katy, picked me up from the landing strip and gave me a tour of the village. It's pretty small - about 50 people - but a gorgeous place and right by the water. We did some berry picking and went back to their house and they made some great pizza for dinner. We mostly just talked and caught up (as I was a bit tired), but Andrew went out moose hunting in the evening. They are having about 12 hours of daylight/12 hours of dark at this point of the year, lots of rain, and a low/high of about 45/60. Right now I am sitting at the village school where Andrew and Katy are the only teachers. They have 9 students of all different ages in their school, and are going for the one-room school house style of teaching. It seems to work really well. I'll be sure to get some pictures up before too long, but for now I'm going to find out what the afternoon holds.....
The Adventure Begins
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