A few years ago, I had the privilege of visiting a few Yup’ik villages in Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta as part of a program to bring free spay/neuter services to the region’s animals. We stayed in Napaskiak, a town of fewer than 500 people that’s accessible only by boat or plane from the nearest city, Bethel. (In the winter, you can drive ice trucks over the frozen Kuskokwim River, too.)
This area is on the tundra, with layers of permafrost that melt in the summer, creating soggy, muddy ground. It’s nearly impossible to build roads in these conditions, so instead you travel around the village on raised boardwalks. Many villagers have four-wheelers; others use bikes. I’d never quite seen anything like it, and I’m glad I got to visit.
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Small Yup'ik village in Alaska's Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta accessible only by boat or plane.