The last day of school was Thursday. We celebrated with an all-school/community barbecue out on the deck.
An hour after we finished eating (1:36 p.m.) a call went out on the CB that the ice had begun to move. It was very important to keep track of the time since the school had a pool to see who would guess the closest. One of Hans’ students guessed 12:01 p.m.–the closest winning time. She was pretty happy and will receive a fine prize.
So for the past three days the ice has continued to flow. No flooding here this year, but high water and lots of ice passing by.Yesterday the big pans had all broken up and it was like one big slushy.
We go back and forth between watching the river and closing out school. Next year we’ll be farther north in Shungnak; the place we started our Alaskan teaching more than 30 years ago. We’ll be teaching the kids and grandkids of our former students. Although it was hard to leave here, the pull to return was strong; we got married there, Hans C was born there, it’s our original Alaska home. Next fall we will have come full circle.