I love Alaska! I have lived here for 50 of my 81 years, and will never leave. Alaska is one of those places that you wish you’d discovered earlier in your life.
In 50 years, I have accumulated many stories of life on the last frontier. I will be sharing some of these stories, plus some fantastic tales from other Alaskans. This is a land that attracts unique and unusual people, and you will hear about some of them in my blog.
The Alaska mystique is formed not just by the people, but by the land itself, and the art and culture that has developed here. I’ll have plenty of material to share with you.
In the summer of 1977, I built my house with the help of friends on my homesite claim on Spruce Island, close to Kodiak. I then spent two years in Seattle, working at temp agencies and missing Alaska. In the summer of 1979, I moved to Spruce Island and lived in my cabin for the next 20 years.
While on Spruce, I started a book of my adventures on Spruce Island, and finished it shortly after moving to Gustavus, Alaska. That book, called “Alaskan Attitudes,” is based on the premise that it takes a certain kind of attitude to live in bush Alaska.
North to Alaska has been the rallying cry for folks who took the road North. They have come for a variety of reasons: The call of gold prospecting, the wish for adventure, the desire to leave an unsatisfying past and find a new beginning, or just the wish for a change of scene.
Some of these people have stayed and some have left again. Alaska is not always an easy place to live. I believe that the people who do stay, especially those who settled before the amenities of comfort had made it here, or those who still live a “bush” lifestyle have something in common.
I like to call their commonality the Alaskan attitude. Such an attitude has helped Alaskans to survive and flourish.
An attitude is a combination of thoughts, feelings, and actions. Our attitude defines how we will respond to a given situation. Folks who have lived here in Alaska for a long time share an attitude that finds challenge a normal part of life. Alaskans often become adept at the art of making do. They believe that any problem has a solution and that no difficulty is insurmountable. This attitude becomes a way of life in Alaska.
Besides bringing you stories about Alaska and its people, I plan to offer you some selections of Alaskan creations. These might be jewelry or art you can hang on your wall. There is a lot of talent in this state and I will be looking forward to sharing some of the artists and their work with you.
You are invited to ask questions about Alaska or its people. Just leave your questions in the comments below, and I will answer you as best I can. It is my hope to offer you a many-sided view of the Alaskan lifestyle, and to illuminate the Alaskan mystique with stories and pictures. I hope you enjoy them, and thank you for visiting my website.