Saturday, August 30, 2008

My First Bear!

I saw my first bear in Alaska on Wednesday! Wednesday morning a bear crossed the river by the lodge and had been wondering around down by the river....well by Wednesday evening it had made its way up to the main property of the lodge and was wondering through the parking lot. For some reason guests at the lodge think that it is ok to go flocking toward a wild grizzly as though it is Winnie the Pooh at Disneyland. Meanwhile all of the staff including myself are trying to get everyone back inside and away from it. Luckily no one was hurt. These signs are all over the property....I found them rather hilarious! Hahaha.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Princess Homestead. A.K.A Northstar, A.K.A Deathstar

This is where I live here in Healy Alaska! Now I know that you are all very very jealous so just to rub it in let me tell you a little about this little piece of heaven here on earth. Not only do I share a room with 2 other girls but my room is fully equipped with a bathroom, one closet for all of us to share, 3 twin beds with military issued sheets and pillows ,( the mattresses are actually really comfortable) 2 drawers located underneath my bed and several different species of spiders. The homestead itself has a cafeteria with culinery chefs that find ways to make normal everyday foods taste like poo...but don't worry there is a salad bar filled with wilted lettuce and a variety of strange toppings. Also located within the homestead is a bar called The Outpost, now The Outpost has the same 6 people in it every night. The only reason I know this is because on the occasion that I miss dinner I usually go to the bar to order some bar food to take back to my room. The bar food is actually really good, which really confuses me because the same chefs using the same food within the same cafeteria make the bar food....its a little suspicious...kinda like we are going to save all the good stuff and charge you up the wazoooo for it...but the food that you pay for out of your paycheck is going to resemble poo. All in all it is a great place to live!

Monday, August 11, 2008


About a month ago Amber sent me a care package full of fruit snacks, granola bars, jerky and trailmix!! It was so fun to get this package because we are only fed at certain times here and if we miss a meal or get hungry we are S.O.L. It was so nice to have this as a back up to my meals. And it totally made my day to get a package in the mail! Thank you very much! You have no idea how much I appreciated it! I know it isn't cheap to mail things to Alaska so I will forever be thankful to you!