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February 2, 2016

Since August I had been dreaming of going back to Quinhagak. Earlier in January, my dream came true: I was lucky to visit the village and see our site hibernating in the winter.

It was so cold that even the sun put its mittens on:
The cold vastness of Alaskan tundra was breathtaking…
…and even familiar scenes and landscapes seemed unfamiliar in this frozen stillness….
But do you recognise this square?
Warren and I went to the site on January 18th and were so glad to see that the recent storms caused no damage to Nunalleq! Though the site looked different—cold and sorta abundant,—it had been intact since we left.IMG_0573
The site was backfilled and covered with some plastic in mid-August; during the autumn months it got filled with rainwater. So now, the square is covered with ice and resembles a big skating rink. Rick says that the cold and ice create a great protection for the site keeping the bugs off. And definitely make it look gorgeous:
Seems like our site is being regularly visited by some tundra inhabitants:
… I have hardly seen anything more beautiful than the frozen Bering Sea:
Until further notice. Can’t wait for the new digging season to begin.
4 Comments leave one →
  1. Marjorie permalink
    February 3, 2016 01:21

    Breathtaking. Thank you because I also wondered how cold this winter would be there and whether the earthquake had affected anything. It also gives credit to winter as the preserver
    Of the objects and the contexts that we want so much to understand.quiltchickm@yahoo qquilt

  2. Sheila Quillen permalink
    February 6, 2016 19:21

    Oh wow that is so fantastic so glad you made it back in the winter cant wait to see what you find this year kind regards to all the folk at Nunalleq did they get enough snow this winter yours Sheila   Richard Branson  Bill Gates and thousands of other amazing people are dyslexic so am I , so there will probably be some miss spelt words in this E Mail , and yes I do use a spell check !!! Sheila .

  3. Marilyn F. permalink
    February 6, 2016 23:55

    So glad you got to visit early in the year to check the site out. And yes, how different it looks in the winter. You’d probably have to be a native to recognize the territory with its winter covering of snow and ice. Glad the site is well protected and doing fine. Great to get a report from you. Thanks!!!

  4. Malli permalink
    February 8, 2016 09:42

    Truly beautiful! I had always wondered what the site would look like in winter. I guess I imagined more snow, but I hadn’t considered the Bering Sea freezing, even in the coastal region! Thanks for putting this up 🙂

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