Yesterday we went to visit Uyaana's ahna. Ahna is the Inupiaq word for grandmother. Ahna lives year round out at camp on a slough on the Noatak River. She lives out there alone but has lots of visitors to check on her and bring her things that she needs. Yesterday we went out there to visit and get her some wood for her wood stove.
Ahna's cabin is surrounded by huge snow drifts.
Uyaana had a great time climbing all over this one.
Uyaana likes to follow to go get wood because he loveds to play in the trees.
Problem is this year we have had so much snow that he kept sinking in up to his hips.
He asked to try the snowshoes that we brought.
I thought for sure that he was going to fall over and not be able to get up.
I wasn't looking forward to postholing over to him to help him up when he fell.
He wobbled a couple times when he crossed the backs of the snowshoes together, but he never did fall.
He took to it like a natural.
He had a great time following the rabbit tracks all over.
He did so well that I told him I would get him his own snowshoes for next winter.
Here is the shelter that Uyaana boult for the animals. He said "See mom, just like Survivorman". He thought maybe a wolf might take a nap in it. If you look carefully you can see uyaana inside of it.
In the end we brought home two loads of wood for ahna.
The weather was warm (about 18F degrees) and we had a great time playing out in the trees.