We finally got our internet and phone set up, so we will start updating our adventures.
I know a lot of you have been wondering, so here is what Point Hope is like. It’s usually around 50 F, but there is almost always a stiff breeze coming off the ocean. Everyone wears their coats everywhere, even inside, which is really odd because the natives like to keep the inside of buildings really warm.
There is gravel everywhere, but even so, Chalyse never seems to tire of collecting even the most common of stones. She’ll run here and there picking up every rock that catches her eye, getting only briefly frustrated when she runs out of room in her hands. She uses her pockets and parents to carry the ones that don’t fit. It takes half an hour to go two blocks and we have more rocks than we would like floating around our home, and Chalyse likes to randomly stick them in her mouth. Pretty sure she does it just to push our buttons.
The homes are generally small here, and nearly all made from wood. Some buildings use those large metal storage containers from barges to expand their floor space. The buildings often have several different styles of materials and construction, mostly because of the cost to get materials. Everything is expensive here. To illustrate, milk costs us about $13/gallon. I wish I were exaggerating.
We went to the south beach last Sunday. It was a really beautiful day. The ocean was calm, and the water was so clear. You could look out and see the rocky bottom of the ocean for several yards. When the waves retreated off of the shore, it caused the gravel to flow down, making a sound like rain on a metal roof.
Yesterday, the weather got a bit chillier than it has been, with a little rain and the usual wind. We all broke out our new coats. That night, the vice principal put on a party at the school for the staff. We had a ham, fresh vegetables and fruit, pies, and other goodies. We volunteered to bring rolls. Everyone made a big deal about them. Between the weather and the food, it felt like Thanksgiving.
Our new home
At the Beach
All the natives carry their babies under their coats to keep them warm.
Chalyse in her new coat