2 July, 2003
Back in Kotzebue
Today in Kotzebue
Kotzebue felt warmly familiar and strangely foreign at the same time.
The frozen white tundra that I left behind me last April was replaced
by a craggy green countryside sprinkled in vivid wild flowers and a
buzz with countless mosquitoes.
The temperature is in the 50's and 60's most of the time. It is
windy and we wear jackets when we go out. The wind is good because it
drives the mosquitoes away; I've seen the despised creatures; they are
about twice as big as our mosquitoes in Illinois. When we go out of
town we will wear mosquito suits and hats with nets over our
What Science Is Happening?
As we just arrived in town, we are making our preparations so that
we can get to work. We have made connections with Alex Whiting, our
liaison to the Kotzebue IRA, the tribal association. We also hooked up
with elder and boat captain John Goodwin. We needed to purchase gas
for the boat so that we can go out tomorrow. At $5.00 per gallon, gas
is something that needs to be taken into account. We did the little
things that you must do on any journey, unpacked, shopped for
groceries, etc. Remembering how expensive food is here (a 6-pack of
pop is $10), I packed a whole suitcase full. Unfortunately, my
suitcase was one of the ones inspected and a few food item broke open
when they repacked. Anyone car for diet coke covered in apple sauce
I'm very glad to be
back. Kotzebue it a small village and everyone on the street waves at
you as they pass. I'm excited to be finally getting down to work and
hopeful that we will make a difference with our
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Look closely and you will see the mosquito on the outside of the windshield is as long as my thumb in wide.
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