Fantastic post on Alaska!
“You are new. Who are you?”
This was a common question I was asked in April when I first arrived at my new home in Glacier Bay National Park near Gustavus, Alaska. Everywhere I went, people
accosted me introduced themselves, asking me dozens of questions.
“Where are you from? Are you working at the lodge? When do you open for the year?”
I felt like a celebrity, and it made sense: Gustavus is a tiny town with 400 hearty residents. The high school had a graduating class of two this year. There are only a few businesses, the most important being the liquor store which is only open from 4-6pm, three days a week, during the winter.
Gustavus is also extremely isolated, accessible from Juneau only by a four-hour ferry trip or a 25-minute flight that is as nerve-wracking as it is spectacular. Anyone new in town is a novelty, someone else to…
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