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Levi building his FT Duster. With some help from Thekla. The FT Duster is made by the great people at Flitetest. The FT Duster is a RC foamy of a thrush crop duster, IE Dusty from planes.

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Week 1 of MI to AK

About 1000 miles through the UP, Northern WI, and Into Minnesota. So far, so good. People love to stop us and talk about our Alaska plates and give their stories, either how they’ve been there, have a relative, or want to go. When we get somewhere with WIFI I will upload our map progress so far.

Lesson 1: The Gander Mountain tent we wanted to love just wasn’t as good as needed. I don’t like rain on my head. And random holes appearing after a week of use doesn’t bode well for the next 5 or so weeks. Thankfully, GM accepted the return, promptly emailed me a shipping label, and we are on our way to trying tent #2.

Lesson #2: FedEx freight in Duluth gets an D for customer service. FedEx express in Duluth gets an A++ for going above and beyond. Thank you kindly, Bret. I appreciate your service.

Lesson #3: Kids do not like confined spaces for 12 hours, even with a stop at the park, grocery stores, and tent shopping. 6 hours seems to be optimum. It tends to go downhill from there.

Lesson #4: Kolorz 2 Dye 4 in Marquette, MI kindly washed my hair for free while we were at the laundromat next door. Awesomeness. 🙂

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Home at last!

We made it back to Savoonga finally! After 3 seemingly endless (but actually very good) weeks in Nome, we have safely brought our family home. It’s so good to be home. Here are some pictures of our treasures.

More sights of Nome

Blizzard 4/6-7/11, clean-up the morning after, and playing in the fresh snow!

Zamboni #2. Below, there is a pic of the manual Zamboni for fresh snow. This is the tool for heavy, wet snow!

And finally, if you’ve ever google searched Nome and reindeer, I’m sure you’ve heard of Velvet. As I was walking to the playground today with Levi, I happened upon this iconic image:

The reindeer rides all around Nome in the truck. We saw him driving down Front Street yesterday, but didn’t have the camera out. Today, I caught him.

Things to do in Nome…

Well, we’ve lined up stuff to do in Nome for the next two days. In the morning tomorrow, there’s a kids library day; after that, we’ll take Levi back to the ice rink and let him practice on his new skates. He had a great time today and was able to stay on his feet all the way across the rink! Then, in the evening, we are going to have Chinese. Keith has been longing for it since we got here. There is also a mid-week service at the Methodist church that we may go to. On Wednesday, there is a playground that Levi can play on that is not so far from here. And during the evening, pick-up hockey at the ice rink. I can’t wait to see a game!!!

So~ since we’ve now figured out what to do for the next couple of days in Nome, don’t you think it’d be a great time for the baby to come and mess up our plans?