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Traveling by Boardwalk in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta

Napaskiak, AK, United States
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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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Napaskiak
Napaskiak
Small Yup'ik village in Alaska's Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta accessible only by boat or plane.
Z. John Williams Memorial School
Z. John Williams Memorial School
Beautiful new school built in 2016. We stayed there (for a fee) during our visit since there are no hotels in the region.

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