The date was August 15, and I was on my way to Arctic Village, via Fairbanks and Fort Yukon, where I spent about half-an-hour on the ground. As I waited to reboard the airplane, these *girls and this puppy showed up on the gravel tarmac.
As you can see, it was windy in Fort Yukon. Later, after I arrived in Arctic Village, I heard a rumor that right after we left, a gust of wind picked that puppy up right out of that red truck and sent it sailing all the way to Birch Creek, where it landed safely in a hammock.
Then a kindly eagle came along, picked that puppy up and flew it right back to the two girls, both of whom were very happy to see it.
I am not sure if I believe that rumor. But what kind of person would ever make up such a story?
Maybe it's true.
It MUST be true!
Otherwise, I would not have written it at all.
*Eliza, a reader who has also taught school in Fort Yukon, has identified the two girls as Melinda and Mary. They are cousins.