I am happy to say Flat Stanley is safe and sound with Medford second grade, and he most certainly took a grand adventure, thanks to my friend and former classmate, Tony Azbill, who lives in Alaska.
I put together a letter Tony wrote with pictures he sent and will take it to the class to help Jaynee present it, but I promised to share on the blog as soon as everything was in order.
The beginning is a letter Tony included with Flat Stanley on his return flight from Alaska, and then I went into the photos and their descriptions.
Again, thanks Tony, for taking so much time on this and making Jaynee the happiest second-grader on earth!
Here is the letter:
I am writing you this letter in response to the letter that you sent me along with Flat Stanley. I will answer your questions the best I can.
I think living in Alaska is fun, exciting, and beautiful. Most people live here in Alaska because they like to hunt, fish and be outdoors. Late spring, into summer and early fall are my favorite times of the year. That is when our fishing season starts and ends.
We have five different types of salmon up here that people enjoy fishing for. They are the Chinook (King), Coho (Silver), Sockeye (Red), Pink (Humpies) and the Chum (Dog) salmon. My favorite one to fish for is the King salmon because they can reach up to 100 pounds in weight.
We also have polar bears, brown and black bears, moose and caribou any many other types of animals.
Alaska also has the biggest mountains in the United States, and the biggest one goes by two different names. The original name given by the Alaskan natives is Mount Denali, which means great one. The official name is Mount McKinley.
Before I talk about where I work, I just wanted to let you know that Flat Stanley got to come to work with me. I work at a place called Prudhoe Bay, which is the largest oil field in the United States and North America, and it is located by a very small town called Deadhorse, here in Alaska.
I work for Purcell Security Services. We provide security for the pipeline and the rigs that drill for oil and the various camps that people stay at while they are here.
I work 12 hours a day, seven days a week for two weeks with no days off, and then I have two weeks off that I get to spend at home.
I have to fly on an airplane in order for me to get to work. Once I am at work that is where I live for two weeks. We live in what we call camps, but they are more like living in a barracks. Some people have their own rooms, and some have to share a room with someone else.
Most camps have a big dining area for people to get their food. It reminds me of when I was school and how we would have to go through the lunch line to get our food. That is what we do here.
Our weather up here can be very beautiful to very harsh. During the winter time the temperatures can get down to -60 degrees Fahrenheit, and we can have wind chills down to -135 degrees Fahrenheit. The coldest wind chill I have ever experienced was -96 degrees.
In closing I want to thank you for writing me, and it was a lot of fun being part of Flat Stanley’s journey.
This is the presentation I (Korina) put together for Jaynee’s class, mostly as written by Tony through e-mails he sent along with many fabulous photos.
When you think of Alaska, how do you picture it? I picture it being cold and snowy and freezing, like these first couple pictures.
The first picture shows the temperature at -50 degrees Fahrenheit. That is the temperature it was last week when I went to work.
This picture was taken behind an apartment where I used to live. The river is the Knik River.
This photo was taken in 2006 at Bird Creek.
I like to fish in Bird Creek for silvers, pinks and chums,
which are types of fish I will show you.
Here is me holding a 33-pound female King (Chinook) Salmon in full spawning colors (red). Notice how long she is. She put up a good fight!
Here is a rig with the sun setting in the background.
This polar bear was resting after a long swim
in the Arctic Ocean. He was a big male.