We are adventurers...who count our blessings that we have been fortunate enough to be a part of this wild land, before the modern world has taken over.
The wind was blowing our way the day we found our neighbors and friends Roy & Carol Alley. They agreed to sell us our raw land with only a hand shake the summer of 1994. The trust in each other that Alaskans have is a rarity in our modern world and a part of our way of life in rural
Michael and I began clearing our land by hand. The final leveling was done by Roy with his 1940 era cat , which was another peek into our rich history. We drew our building plans on graph paper during the winter. In the spring of 1995 a local saw mill delivered our tongue and groove milled logs. Michael, with help from myself and our friends put all the logs together by hand. It took us four years to build and we finally moved in the summer of 1999.
Our first years were spent living a subsistence lifestyle. We hauled our water from the creek and boiled it. You know the appliances most people consider antiques, well we actually put them to good use. We ate primarily wild game meats and vegetables from our garden. Though those days are some of the best memories we are now in the modern age, we have running water, a compost toilet and all the amenities. No more pour cup showers by the wood stove or running to the creek for water. Though those days will be missed!
Our daughter Shea and her fiancée Dave live in Washington Statewhere we love to visit and enjoy urban life for a bit.