Monday, July 27, 2015

Ocracoke to Unalakleet

Many of our readers know Dale Mutro, native islander, occasional employee at Village Craftsmen, Ocracoke postal worker, and teller of humorous, often outrageous, island tales.

Dale, a descendant of the earliest island residents, has lived on Ocracoke his entire life. On August 4 Dale departs for a two year adventure as postmaster in Unalakleet, a small Alaskan village with a population of under 700 native Inupiat. He begins his new post on August 10. Unalakleet is located on the Norton Sound of the Bering Sea, 148 miles southeast of Nome and 395 miles northwest of Anchorage.

With his quirky, funny and exuberant demeanor, Dale has often been described as "one of a kind." We wish Dale well on this new venture, but everyone who knows him is sure that the Inupiat don't have a clue about what they are in for!

We hope Dale will keep us informed of his discoveries and adventures. And we hope to see him back home after two years. 

This month's Ocracoke Newsletter tells the delightful story of the 19th century "Stovepipe Hat" wreck. It has been told for years in books & magazines, but it probably never happened. You can read the story (and my research) here:


  1. Anonymous7:10 AM

    Best wishes Dale! Can you spell culture/climate/dialect shock? Man, will there ever be tales told when he returns though.

  2. Anonymous7:14 AM

    Is he a military reservist? Did he apply for this "detail?" Google Images depict a "step back in time." I am shocked there were no local applicants. I do hope he is is able to increase mail volume--- I know start sending him first class postcards from where ever readers of this blog live. We can keep those cards and letters coming in and he can share them with the local school children to let them know there is a sense of community even through the internet!!!

  3. Tom in Plano, TX8:47 AM

    Dale, say Hi to the Twetos! Enjoyed watching them on Flying Wild Alaska.

  4. I'd love to hear how he decided to embark on this adventure. Sounds like a great story!

  5. Anonymous4:32 PM

    Any word from Dale to his Ocracoke friends and family?