On October 10 we took a bike ride up the road and explored a trail that goes to Shungnak. The ground was frozen but the tundra was still spongy in places.
Last week there was some new snow, but the river is still open. Unusual for this late in the season.
Thursday evening the community gathered at the school for the annual Fall Festival…
Set up right next to the moose rack was the “Blast Zone Bouncy House”. Hans dressed up as a cyclist — kids were intrigued with the helmet mirror. Bonnie went as the Chicka-Chicka-Boom-Tree (only her class understood it because they’d heard the story book).
The cake walk took more than half an hour…. Hans was a lucky winner and chose an apple pie! Three hours later, most of the prizes were won and the clean up was done. The staff met in the project room and finished up the evening with pie and ice cream.
The temperature was about five degrees with a brisk breeze. The hard-packed trail made for smooth riding and it would have been a good day to ride to Shungnak if there had been more time. The predicted storm for the evening held off until after Halloween making it much nicer for little ghosts and goblins. The new snow accumulation of 3-6 inches will make the trail much softer for the next few days.
On October 19 Hans’ mom passed away peacefully in Dyersville, Iowa. We feel fortunate that she was able to make many trips to Alaska and experienced life in each of the villages we lived in, including: our wedding in Shungnak, being right here in Kobuk thirty years ago when Hans C was born, watching the Iditarod go through McGrath, boating, cutting up caribou and riding on dog sleds and snowmachines. Hans was gone a week while Bonnie stayed behind with the remaining staff to keep the school running. The staff really stepped up during his absence and he is appreciative.