18 comments on “Imagine a Place…

  1. Strange that you are in such a quiet, isolated community and yet regularly speak to the other ends of the earth! Better be careful writing such an attractive description – your Eden will be invaded 😉

    • Funny you should say that, Sally. We’ve often commented that this is like a secret place. Did we neglect to mention the biting bugs? And the fact that even the U. S. Post Office doesn’t recognize our zip code as an official mailing destination? Thanks for reading!

  2. Thanks for the update. I was wondering what had changed.
    You paint a delightful image of a villange and surrounding area which reminds me of my time in Point Hope and the wonderful meal you cooked for myself and Marie. We had a good evening with you both. Please keep the posts coming.

  3. I may visit you if for no other reason than to escape for a while the dreadfully polluted air of downtown Los Angeles which has developed for me an allergy.

    Your friend, Cass …

    • It is indeed distressing to note that according to the World Health Organization over 90% of the world’s population breathes polluted air. We fear people have simply become accustomed to bad air – not even aware of what it’s like to step outside and get a clean lungful… not to mention that dusting is a chore rarely required. By all means, if you get the opportunity, come visit!

  4. Heartening to know that a form of heaven is still attainable for those willing to seek. I hope your paradise may ever be so and never polluted by the ambition of the over ambitious and powerful.

    • These sentiments have roots that go back a long time. We recently read Oliver Goldsmith’s long poem “The Deserted Village” – perhaps about his home village in rural Ireland as he remembered it in the late 1800’s: The man of wealth and pride/Takes up a space that many poor supplied;/Space for his lake, his park’s extended bounds,/Space for his horses, equipage, and hounds:/The robe that wraps his limbs in silken sloth/Has robbed the neighbouring fields of half their growth
      Thanks for your note.
      JD

      • It’s more then I expected. In our small village are less kids & more seniors! How about food supply? How do you get all you need?! Very interesting for me!

        • I would imagine our villages in the Alaska bush are quite a bit different from yours in Latvia. The median age is often quite young – in the early to mid-20s. Life in these villages can be challenging: life expectancies aren’t as long as elsewhere. Also, as people age a lot of them tend to relocate to the cities of Anchorage or Fairbanks where life is easier.
          As to food, we’ve become expert at provisioning, laying in months’ worth of supplies. We shop at Costco (a large, warehouse-style grocery store in Anchorage) and pack tubs of meat and staples that come out with us when we fly into the village in late summer. We supplement this with orders from Amazon and Fred Meyers (a grocery store in Anchorage that will fill our orders and get things flown out to us). We also stock our freezers with about 150 pounds of fish and seafood each year – most of which we harvest ourselves. The Chignik River system receives runs of hundreds of thousands of salmon each year. And since hunting is quite popular in these villages and wild game is abundant, often times people share moose and caribou with us.
          The only practical way to get to Chignik Lake (or the other villages we lived in) is by small plane. All of our visitors, mail, and shopping orders arrive by plane. There are no roads connecting us with other communities. However, every family owns at last one boat for traveling up and down the river.
          We Love our life here. The air is wonderfully clean, the streams are clean enough to drink from, the people are very kind and generous, the fishing is amazing. We pick many liters of wild berries each year and we love going for hikes and seeing all the beautiful mountains and wildlife. Our house sits about 20 meters from the shore of the lake and we have beautiful views out our windows of the lake, snow-capped mountains and wildlife. We frequently see eagles and a variety of ducks as well as seals, otters, foxes and bears. We even had a weasel living under our house for a while, and at nighttime we sometimes hear owls.
          So what is it like in your village? I don’t know much about Latvia… other than there seems to be a strong environmental ethic among most people who live there. Any place that has the White Wagtail as it’s national bird must be pretty cool!

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