Sunday, December 1, 2013

A White Thanksgiving and A Countdown Until Christmas in Oregon!

We're going to talk about this long weekend backwards, because that's how the pictures uploaded. 

Today we went on a walk because it was beautiful out, and we realized that the hillside of the village we live on NEVER gets sunlight this time of year, and probably won't until May. So we have to get out of the house in order to get some vitamin D. 

It is 9 degrees today, with a windchill that makes it feel like -6. When we got back from our walk neither of us could feel our cheeks. However, I got some new boots (Sorel Glacier Boots) and they are made for -100 degrees, so my feet were toasty warm the whole time. We walked out on the river a little bit, but don't worry mom, we didn't go out in the middle. We're still a bit scared of falling through, even though people are already zooming up and down the river on Hondas and Snow Machines.

Rosy cheeks and a frozen mustache

The frozen Yukon behind me

These holes in the ice are for catching
Arctic Lamprey Eels. 

Walking on the river

This is where the sun lies at high noon.

Our snazzy WARM boots

An ice flow from a spring coming out
from under the cliff. 

The cliffs

Frozen moose head

Max and his Moose-cicle

This is sunrise on the village, as you can see,
they get sun, we do not. 

I got caught eating pumpkin pie for breakfast
Now for Thanksgiving…

We cooked our first turkey ever, and as you can see we did not burn it, or the house down, so it was an overall success.

Fresh things up here aren't very common,
so with our turkey, we had instant stuffing,
instant mashed potatoes, a store bought
pumpkin pie, and some sparkling cider.
It was quite decadent, other than the mashed
 potatoes which were terrible. 
After we ate we lounged a bit, fought off the turkey sleepies, and then went for a nice walk up to the airstrip.

This is what the dump looks like when it is on fire,
and it smells 100x's worse than it looks. 
I am looking forward to these next few weeks, because we get to decorate my classroom all wintry, and do fun Christmas activities in class. Luckily up here, I think we're about the least religious people here, so Christmas is not banned, and I think it would be frowned upon for me to NOT celebrate Christmas with my class. This Friday is also an early release, so this week is essentially a 4 day week, then we've got 2 full weeks of school until break starts. 20 days until we fly out (if we're lucky) and 22 days until we are back in Oregon! 


  1. You will never forget that Dinner! Pumpkin pie is always good for breakfast too and it is crazy we don't eat it that way more often. Our Dinner at Jasper & Kathy's had Steelhead, Smoked Ribs and 3 turkeys, one smoked. And just to be sure Jasper wasn't going hungry anytime soon, he went duck hunting in the AM. Also included a LOT of football - Kathy & I and a few of her Hawaii friends went over to the dark side and did the Thanksgiving night shopping. It was actually a good place to just walk around in the evening - with Kathy working her way through holes in the crowd, I just filled in behind. Hunting Urban Style. Eat Green Stuff, helps life without sunlight. See you soon. Aunt Shelley

  2. You look so much like your Mom in the pie eating pic. LOL