Alaska has much cold and darkness in its harsh environment. During summers days are long and full of outside, wilderness adventure. Many people find mystery and rich historical stories of gold miners and so much more.
To the lover of pure wildness Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world.

John Muir, Travels in Alaska

Have you ever thought about going to Alaska?

The thought had never crossed my mind when I agreed to teach in a small village for one year. One simple decision turned life upside down and generated many new paths.
Life at Fifty Below Zero

Life at Fifty Below Zero

An Alaskan Memoir on Teaching and Learning

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When asked, “do you know what a honey bucket is, can you use one?” I said yes. Beginning in 1972 and over the next thirty-three years I traveled to all four corners of state and many places in between working with school districts learning more than I taught. The idea of no running water, no phones, no daily news, and no stores seemed surreal and alien, but I adapted.

After landing in Alaska I learned it was even more remote than I thought; the weather was colder than imagined; and animals, such as moose and bears wandered through communities. In the beginning I often wondered who was the teacher and who was the student.

You should read this book!

Here’s what reviewer’s have to say:

August 2020

“…This memoir discusses the important changes that were taking place in Alaska’s education system and society… Issues of equity came to the forefront… teaching methods were phased out in favor of more culturally relevant methods and curricula. Reagle became deeply involved in promoting this transition.”

Itemized Observer
December 2020

“So many young seekers come to the last frontier only to find themselves, like Christina Reagle of Monmouth, shivering under blankets without electricity or running water as the thermometer dips to temperatures that threaten to turn their toes black and numb with frostbite.”

Learn how Alaska Native families finally received educational equality for their children. Experience the Chilkoot trail, sea kayaking, bear encounters, hiking in moose country.

Understand for many that living at fifty degrees below zero is normal.

Life at Fifty Below Zero

How cold is fifty below zero?

Freezing is 32° Fahrenheit or 0° Celsius. ‘Below zero or minus’ refers to the temperature below zero Fahrenheit. 50° below zero or minus 50 means it is 82° below freezing (Fahrenheit).
That is damn cold.

…I loved the opportunity to be outside when it was quiet and still. The spring birds sang as I ran along. I stepped into a mental space of mindfulness of my surroundings. It was almost hypnotic.

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