Arctic Fox in Old Tikigaq
From August 2011 to May 2014, it was our great privilege to live in the Inupiat village of Point Hope, Alaska. The original Eskimo name for the land where Point Hope is located – and the name of the original village, which is now a ghost town due to erosion and water inundation – was Tikigaq, or “index finger” for the shape of the peninsula. Located 200 miles above the Arctic Circle and said to be the oldest continuously inhabited place in North America, present-day Point has a fairly stable population of approximately 700 people, most of whom are of Inupiat heritage.
Northern Lights above the cemetery and airstrip.
Setting a net.
Ice over the sea, the sun setting.
A sliver of sunlight falls on Old Tikigaq.
Old Tikigaq bathed in November light.
Umiak and home, Old Tikigaq.
The cemetery with fresh snow.
Waiting for whales.
A polar bear paw print.
Sewn and ready – an umiak on a rack.
First whale of the season!
Nice work. What kind of cameras are you using?
Thanks John. These days we are shooting with a pair of Nikons: the D90 and the D800. Sure would love to come to Tok and to some writing & photography!
Really Beautiful pictures.
Thanks for checking them out, Dan!
I have been looking for another way to contact you, but haven’t found one. I have a question about one of your photographs in particular – and wonder how to reach you with regards to it.
Hi Sheila, You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
regarding alaskas sept. issue ,your treble hook in ling and single hook in rockfish means you must lose some lures.iuse two assist hooks on top and bang rocks with bottom of 8oz jig has landed me some nice 50+ fish.fished all over for last 50 years and only keep 1 ling july 1st. retired airline pilot i visit alaska twice a year. your article andd 100$ hamburgers were great because ive eaten at those cafes.
We agree with you on the treble hooks. We usually buy lures that don’t have hooks, or we replace the trebles with assist hooks. In the case of the photo, I was being lazy and hadn’t bothered to re-rig the lure with assist hooks. It’s not just that trebles tend to result in more lost fish and lost lures – they fail to hook fish in the first place and are a nuisance to deal with when unhooking fish. Thanks for reading and commenting, and Tight Lines!
I have no idea about fishing but I love your blog for the passion you exude and the brilliant photography. I shared this blog with my husband and we are harboring secret thoughts of visiting Alaska… What a beautiful place 🙂
Well, when you make it here, we hope you’ll visit us in Seward! Thanks for the nice comments!
Wow! Great photos and a great story! I wandered over here after reading the great comment on my blog. I LOVE what you guys are doing…people after my own heart.
May I ask a question? Are you guys supporting yourself with the fishing or other work or are you retired? I’m always curious at the creative ways people pull off living outside the box.
Thanks for reading and commenting. We both teach on Alaska’s North Slope. Nine months of the year, home is a small Inupiaq (Eskimo) village 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle. There are no roads in and out of Point Hope, and the winter winds can be brutal. But there is an incredible beauty to this place in the far north. We feel lucky to be part of it. In May we migrate south to Seward where we keep our boats and our pickup and the camper that fits atop the pickup. It’s a balance that works, as winters give us lots of time to study, write and edit photos while our summers seem to fly past with sailing, boating, fishing and exploring in our camper.
I saw a visit to my blog from the North Slope….amazing!
I am approximately two thousand mile east to your map on the Hudson Bay, Rankin Inlet and 50 miles north of a place called Tikirajuaq (Whale Cove). Just to confirm that our language is very consistant especially place names.
Thanks for the comment, John. Tikirajuaq looks beautiful.
All your pictures are excellent however Your “sliver of sunlight” photo made me pause for breath… What a spectacular blog you have! Kind regards, metiefly
Your words made our day. Thanks.
Amazing photos! I have a good grasp of geography but had to google Tikigaq. The arctic fox is beautiful- do you mind if I use it for a reference in a painting? Your blog is awesome!
Yes, you can use the photo for a reference. We would love to see the painting when it’s finished! Thanks for reading.
thanks so much! will do.
Very nicely done, I enjoyed all of it. A lot different than Kodiak Island for sure: Thanks
Envy bursting out here in Brooking OR on the Oregon Coast. Salmon fishing has been awesome here. Found your site looking for less salt to brine all the Salmon we have caught. Thanks for you site, I will follow because of like interest. Best to you.
I think you’re going to like our brining/smoking recipe, Sam. Lots of enthusiastic feedback over the years. I used to fish kings off the coast near Seaside… good memories of lots of limits within sight of shore in my friend’s C-Dory, which we used to take out through the surf. Crabs in the pots on good days. Thanks for reading.
Such beautiful work! I’m using your brine recipe to smoke some trout today- looking forward to it! Many thanks 🙂
We appreciate you stopping by and commenting. Good luck with the smoked trout!
I am smoking some large trout in the next couple days and will be using your recipe for the brine. loved your blog, thank you and best wishes !
Thanks! Let us know how the smoking goes!
I am totally impressed on your adventures.
I am now 50 and at a point where I could retire financially and still have enough health and strength to do what you are doing.
Currently live in S. California and on my way to Seward for a short stint fishing and exploring (go to Ak most summers).
That must be something else to live in Point Hope for a winter.
Your posts are making me rethink what I will be doing for the next decade.
Cheers and the best
Hi Jim, We moved up from Sacramento, California and spent four years in Alaska. It was glorious. Hope you have a great time in Seward.
We’re now living and teaching in Mongolia – and very much enjoying it. We, too, believe we’re very close to retirement, are in excellent health, and are looking forward to hitching our C-Dory Angler fishing boat up to our Lance Camper & the Chevy and driving all over North America, fishing, cooking, enjoying local wines and photographing wildlife. Keep reading our blog for future ideas about how to downsize, live cheap but well, and get the most out of life while still young enough to enjoy it. Safe journeys!
Just very beautiful. You are lucky, chilled, but lucky just the same.
Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
Hello, stumbeled across your web site. Interesting. Do you sell any of the curred Salmon eggs?
Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Sorry, we don’t sell any of the cured eggs.