2001 Urban Renewal
The Crow Village Urban Renewal Program was active again in the summer of
2001, but had only 1.5 working visitors: Tom and Thea (you guess who was the
.5!). But what they lacked in quantity, they made up in spirit! Projects
included the installation and reinstallation of french doors and windows.
There was one particular wall that didn't quite pass the Kuskokwim River
Valley Home Inspection Program and thus required some realignment and
reinforcement. One of the big highlights of this trip was the installation
of a cross-beam in the cabin. Lisa and Tom had both selected the same tree
in the forest independently so it must have been the one! Tom and David
brought the 4-wheeler down from Aniak in the boat to help drag it out of the
woods. The stripped off the bark and chiseled out 2 saddles in the log that
would criss-cross the existing crossbeams. LadyLuck shined on Crow Village
that day as it fit perfectly on the first try! Not quite as impressive of a
hoist the previous year of the laminated beam at the top of the roof, but it
was a good day nontheless.
The other highlight of the trip was the
goldpanning. We did an overnighter at the abandoned Hook 'Em Up camp and
did some panning near Bear Island where the Holukuk and Kuskokwim merge
-- about 35 miles upriver from Chuathbaluk. Can't really tell your more
about the experience as it wouldn't be prudent to disclose all the secrets!
Another fond memory of this trip was on Tom's last day. Tom and David
reengineered and installed the basketball hoop while Lisa cut fish and Thea
and the kids shook their "bonbons" to Ricky Martin on Crow Village Beach.
New basketball hoop
David in the smokehouse
Dakota with the some of the team
Tom and Storm
Raven smoking the fish