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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Back to the Bush...

Well,

If you are reading this you must be a friend of mine or family member... I decided to move to Mountain Village, Alaska last week after much deliberation. I will keep my condo, car, truck and motorcycle in Anchorage but spend most of my time in the Bush. I'm not sure how I feel about it exactly, but it will be an adventure, that much I know.
I wonder sometimes if I'm even fit for normal society. I love Anchorage and have a million friends, don't get me wrong! I worked as a consultant to educators, administrators, and professionals around the state for two years. I talked the talk, smoozed at parties, wore a suit, and enjoyed life... but was it really me? Who am I? Have you asked yourself that lately? I do... often.
I have had the pleasure of a conversation or two with "sourdoughs" and Alaska Native Elders over the years. I love a good story. I think about them often: crab fishing in the Bering Sea, Bush flying, hunting remote wilderness areas, and working on "the Slope" to name a few.
"What's my story?" I wonder... here goes.
Today I bought a sweet Polaris 550 SS 133" single-seater. Set me back a few dollars, but hey, guys gotta eat out there, and there is a moose opener in January. Wish me luck.