Well, most of the time. Nome is one of my favorite spots in all of Alaska. The birding can be fantastic, and the Kougarok Road is one of the most scenic places I've ever been. But it is not always such a thrill. This year, our group got lots of snow and it was quite chilly most of the time. Still we managed to see the birds we were after. The second tour did not fare quite so well. As I write this, my co-workers Megan and George are still stuck in Nome, having been there now for six days! They have already missed their visit to Seward, and are in danger of missing the flight to Barrow and their time up there. These are the times tour leaders dread. I sure hope they get on that plane!