Alaska

On the Water

August 2, 2018

therealianfoster

We don’t care about the weather. We care about the wind. We look at the clouds, we feel energy in the air, and FEEL information. We make decisions based on that feel, based on the thousands of tides and winds and waves we’ve already experienced in our dance with the water. We put our lives and our equipment in the maelstrom every time we go out. If our equipment fails, so will our lives, and so we value both equally.

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Falling In Love With Alaska. Again.

August 2, 2018

therealianfoster

I remember when I first got to Alaska. It was the culmination of a lot of idealistic dreams of a mythical place where certain things happened a certain way. And I wasn’t disappointed. I took pictures of everything, many of which I still refer to fondly. Somewhere along the way, the salmon runs, the gold, the extreme weather, the $500 one hour plane ride to Anchorage, the post-reality-TV-stardom- all became a yawn.

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A Day in the Bush

August 2, 2018

therealianfoster

Nome is a hub to which people come for higher level medical care, and from which flows food and goods from the outside world to the surrounding villages. There are no roads to Nome, and Teller is the only village connected by a road to Nome. The isolation is complete. When weather is bad, it can be days or weeks before a village will have any transportation in or out. Internet works like an optimistic friend giving advice they know won’t be taken. This life in bush Alaska.

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