Spring in Alaska is a time that brings anticipation for summer; pike fishing, ptarmigans and rabbit hunting and lots of outdoor activities like gathering wood to heat homes and hot saunas and gathering mushrooms on birch. In some villages there are festivals like Yuraq, dog racing, basketball tournaments and Native Youth Olympic that is as popular as March Madness 🏀! Winter is still hanging on in much of Alaska ❄️. I was able to visit Akiacuaq-my home and enjoyed a bit of winter-spring time!
The day after I arrived Akiacuaq we went ice fishing for Northern Pike at the mouth of the Johnson River 🐟
I caught my first spring pike since I don’t remember when but it seems like 20 years ago! I caught the smallest of all the pike we caught.
We caught enough to last us a few weeks of meal; dried and dipped in seal oil with other side dishes.
The pike eggs are a delicacy as a dessert, made with seal oil and cranberries from the tundra.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my winter spring at Akiacuaq this week and did all the things I love; visiting mom, siblings and their children, riding on the frozen Kuskokwim River, ice fishing, eating and hot sauna! We also celebrated Easter Sunday and Parr’s birthday!Quyana! Tuingunrituq piurci 🌸❄️🐟
Here are some photos note worthy from my trip to Akiacuaq and Bethel Alaska!