My time in Denali National Park came to an end. The first two days out of the park I moved to Anchorage. I spent this time doing laundry and repacking. I am flying 400 miles west of Anchorage to the remote town of Bethel Alaska. Bethel is a town of around 6000 people located in the Yukon Delta Wildlife Refuge. It is also the home of my daughter. My daughter has lived and worked in Bethel for the last eight years as a teacher at the local high school.
This is family time. I will be helping my daughter prepare her classroom for another year and helping take care of a few things around her home. I will also have a chance to wander the community taking pictures, birding, a little geocaching and generally soaking in a culture that is new to me. Life in Bethel is not a walk in the park. It has no roads to connect it to the rest of the state. Goods come to town either by cargo ship or airplane and the only roads led across town and then end. The day I arrived was a very warm sunny day with the temperature in the 80's. The next day it started to rain and the temps cooled off dramatically. Normal weather for Bethel. The rain continued for the two weeks I was there.
I was able to visit a place where most Americans chose not to visit. I've opened my eye to trials people have to face on a daily basis and the lack of understanding even more Americans have of these places. And the pride I have in my daughter has grown even more. She truely is a force all her own and she is my strength.