We had found a cabin we could call home, and now we needed employment! My husband had a fulfilling job as a Vocational Education teacher in a local middle school in Fairbanks, a position he enjoyed. Working with middle-schoolers is not for everyone - but he did a great job and was well-loved! Seldovia didn't offer a full-time Voc Ed position, in spite of the fact that Susan B English has a fantastic shop facility, the student numbers didn't support it. The Boys & Girls Club was looking for a Unit Director, and even though Sonny was over-qualified, it could be a way into the community, so he applied!
Sonny was asked to interview for the position, so we excitedly came down to Seldovia as a family and took the trip across the bay on the Rainbow Connection in May 2002! It was beautiful! The skies were blue, the air was warm and the sun felt amazing on our skin! Coming from Fairbanks where we lived in a big net tent all summer due to the horrendous mosquitoes - we were loving it! So much so, that we all got a bit sunburned as we sat in the yard at Seaport Cottages, our youngest Marina caught a King at the bridge, we rode rickety old bikes around town and we all truly fell in love with Seldovia. We walked the dock, imagined our sailboat moored there and enjoyed trail hikes to Outside Beach and beachcombing at Inside Beach! This was definitely the lifestyle we were looking for! We had planned to be here for a day and one night and stayed for three nights and reluctantly boarded the Rainbow to head home. Sonny wasn't offered the job as they needed someone right away for the summer. Unfortunately, we couldn't move that quickly as we still needed to sell our home! We were so disappointed.
Obviously, the story doesn't end there... stay tuned!