Forgot to do a new post last week.
I spent it in a week-long workshop put on by the Grantsmanship Center, Inc. Very useful content and process for public and non-profit entities. Thoroughly enjoyed meeting others from around Alaska. Among our 26 participants, were 10 native Alaskans so it was a great cultural exchange. Three flew in from the isolated (half-way down the Aleutian chain) community of Sand Point to work on a proposal to secure funding for a cold-weather greenhouse (to be heated by wind-power) that would raise some local produce for Sand Point’s 950 residents. Right now, all food comes in by barge (takes 6 weeks to get there) and half of it is borderline or rotten on arrival. Cabbage, e.g., costs $8-$10 per head.
Other participants came in from Ketchikan, Sitka, Hydaburg, Larsen Bay, Anchorage, and Dillingham to join the rest of us from Juneau. I enjoyed looking up their locations in our Alaska map bible from DeLorme. If you follow those place-name links you’ll get a flavor of the diverse makeup of communities across our vast, wonderful state.
Then on Wednesday, at 6am we took our dear ones next door to the airport for a 10-day rest and relaxation time on the Oregon coast, collected their 2 dogs to stay with us, and then down to the dock to spend half-a-dozen hours with Bill’s brother and sister-in-law while their cruise ship was in Juneau. Enjoyed taking them on a tour of our town, opened their eyes a bit I think. [I think they were expecting red-necky uncouthedness instead of our beautiful little cultural capital.]