A journalist observes life in the far north.
A 15-year-old has joined us on Murphy Dome. Colton, Alec’s nephew from Seattle, is visiting for a month. He’s about 6 feet 4 inches tall, makes his bed, washes his hands before dinner and was civilized enough to accept a cup of tea this morning.
From what I could get out of him, Colton has been spending his summer on the beach at Lake Stevens, stunt car driving and riding all-terrain vehicles. He has no opinion about presidential politics. He’s seen the movie “Meet the Fockers” multiple times.
He quit his job shortly before coming here, where he will camp and fish whenever he is not working alternately for Alaskan Granite and for his grandpa Don, who is in the midst of a major house remodel.
I hope we can entertain a teenager. This morning, he said that he planned to give up text messaging during this trip. He had his nose stuck in his cellphone by afternoon.