Wednesday, August 31, 2016
If you are go to Red Lobster for Crab Fest you are eating our catch.
But the Senator also came to the museum. He was scheduled for 15 minutes, I think. but stayed for nearly 25 minutes. This is a picture of him looking at the Women of Ounalashka, our most famous and important artifact.
I did not get to put my two cents in about the importance of funding the IMLS and the NEH, but I will send that on to his aid.
Monday, August 22, 2016
Almost everyone I have met on Unalaska Island wants to know when the museum is going to be opened. This has a very familiar ring to it. It is the same question everyone asked in the Imperial Valley in California. This is a hard question for me. There is no staff. In fact I have not even started looking at what the staffing plan looks like.
At the same time, we have been open this week for cruise ships and there are two Ph.D. students who came to the island to do research in our collections, we hosted a dinner for a climate change conference, and had a wedding. I have been working 12 hours a day, and my visitor count is 971.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Evidently, the plane I came in on was the only plane to land over the last two days. It has been really foggy. The two people who were coming to the island to walk me through the staffing transition are still stuck in the Anchorage airport.
So, much like my first two days on Grand Turk, I had about eight hours to prep read, and figure out the gift shop before the first cruise ship arrived to Unalaska on Tuesday, I also had to find a person to hire to run the gift shop for three hours.
The ship was a small French luxury cruise ship that sailed out of Nome with 188 guests. They anchored in the bay and were brought to the island on Zodiacs, 10 passengers at a time. They disembarked on the beach below the museum in heavy rain gear.
All the passengers came through the museum and we were reimbursed by the Chamber of Commerce, who invoiced the ship. I did not understand this. On Grand Turk we estimated that we would service 3% of the passengers on any one cruise ship. But here we service 100% of the passengers. It was not chaos on Tuesday, however, the ships that stop in Unalaska are filled with guests who are traveling to extraordinary places, the tickets are expensive, and they are interested in learning.
On Friday, the Crystal Serenity will be stopping. This ship will have 1,700 passengers on board. The ship is taking a month-long voyage between Alaska to New York and will be the first cruise ship to circumnavigate the Arctic Circle.
I have also been attending a Climate Change conference that is being hosted on island all week. There has been a lot of conversation about erosion, ship wrecks, warming, ocean acidification, and other stuff that goes way over my head, If you want the best evidence of global warming and ice melt - next week will be the first circumnavigation of the Arctic Circle by a CRUISE SHIP!
Sunday, August 14, 2016
I am not sure what will happen for the rest of the day. It has been a long day of flights and I still have one to go. I will get into the apartment I have rented for the month and figure out a plan for tomorrow.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
I think I was trying to point out that I did not want to hear any more of his complaints.
He is much older now, and rarely complains. But it still seems that I am taking photos of him in amazing places.
He leaves Columbus, Ohio, today to begin his senior year in the school of architecture at Judson University, which will also probably be amazing.