13 comments on “Epic Storm Hits Point Hope, Alaska

  1. Having taught in Pt Hope from 1966-1967 I always follow your news. We were there before the move. I am sooo glad the village weathered this as it has so many storms before, strongly and well. My very best to Pt Hopers everywhere. My brief stay there was a deep andd fascinating experience.
    Thankk you for your excellent reporting.

  2. What a good narration of your experience. I felt I was there with you. Glad that everything worked out for you hearty Alaskans.

  3. Thanks for “liking” my Fox & Hare post. I’m enrolled in Tikigaq Corp. and lived in Point Hope when I was Four. Was last there for the water & sewer projects in the 90’s. Great narration of the event.

  4. Hi Barbra and Jack. I’m sitting here in my warm home with Wendy and here boys. Wendy has a fur collared parka on inside our warm house. Sad but true. She is reading this and laughing so I can’t say much but she says she would love to come visit – winter looks like the best time. She says then the days are shorter, darker, and would be more cozy. Can you believe that!!!!

    She gave me your Website awhile back and I periodically check your pictures and the text. I enjoy both and am impressed with the life you have chosen. Not for the faint of heart. I can imagine the experiences you have lived through. I’m sure there are highs and lows. But I think the positive outweighs all. You are really living life.

    I lived and worked in Liberia, West Africa years ago. That was the first time I ever traveled outside California and since then my wife and I have lived, worked and traveled in/to many places. When we were in Liberia, Wendy and Erika lived with their mom. I had remarried and my wife (now of 40 years) and her four children went with us. It was the third year of our marriage and it turned out to be a real bonding experience and brought our (new) family together. We had no clue what it would be like and certainly was not as difficult or primative as your experience. We had no TV, no phone, electricity and water was questionable as were the potential bugs. Our family had to do everything together, eat dinner togetter, play games for entertainment, etc. I didn’t live in a primitive area but did live in a more rural area outside the capital, Monrovia. We lived at the top of a hill overlooking a river and across the river, toward the city, was a village. It was really beautiful.

    Well, just thought I’d say hi. I envy you. Wendy sends her warm wishes for a happy and prosperous? new year. Steve

    • Steve,
      Thanks so much for keeping up with us. Like your life, we do mostly non-TV, non-mainstream activities. Fortunately we are really good at entertaining ourselves and each other! I guess the best word for life is “fascinating.” There are lows…teaching is really precarious up here with such a transient workforce. We can’t count on who we will work for or with. The highs are numerous. We have “once in a lifetime summers” every summer. I’m always amazed at all the skills we learn and the things we learn about. Interestingly, we have met more people from around the globe since we have moved here. The move was definitely a cure for the “rut.”

      I’m thrilled you are following the blog. I’m glad you have nice visits with Wendy and the boys. I do have to admit that I giggled when I thought of her fur-collared parka…oh, Wendy, I have a real fur-collared parka! Happy New Year!

  5. I’m writing this in 2018, having sat through Hurricane Irma in a school while working with the Red Cross in 2017. I can’t imagine facing these forces and the cold too.

    • Thanks for the comment. We had similar thoughts as we contemplated what it would have been like to weather a storm like this in the past – in the days before electric generators and modern buildings. Such an experience gives a whole new meaning to “hunker down and wait it out.”

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