WINDS OF SKILAK
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In the spring of 1981 we purchased our “little piece of wilderness heaven” on Caribou Island in ill-tempered Skilak Lake. Following are photo’s of beginning our new life in the wilderness! I hope you enjoy them. Please forgive that some of these photo’s are old and grainy.
I am thrilled to announce that my book WINDS OF SKILAK has been named the WINNER in the MEMOIRS (Other) category of the 2014 NEXT GENERATION INDIE BOOK AWARDS! I’m still pinching myself to make sure it’s real! Many thanks to the folks and judges at the Next Generation Indie Book Awards for all their hard work for making this event possible and for giving my book this great opportunity to now showcase it as an AWARD WINNING TITLE!
Upper end of Skilak Lake! You can see the Kenai Mountains that go on and on. At the end of the lake if you look closely you can see the glacier flats. Carved out from the glacier many years ago, it leads to the Skilak glacier about six or seven miles distant. Back in the mid 80’s, we walked right up to the glacier and picked ice off the glacier wall and ate it. Ice as old as the millennium.
Interesting story: We learned just a few years ago, that the glacier has receded and there is now a huge lake in front of the glacier that is approximately a mile wide and one or two miles long (I’ve heard that is just an estimate and it might be smaller) and I was told that it is very deep, approximately 1700 feet. This just amazed me when I found out about this newly formed lake at the base of the glacier. It was the contributing factor that inspired me to put the chapter “Gold Under That There Glacier” back into the book. I had previously cut it to keep my page number down. However, after hearing of this massive (global warming) geological change in just the few short years since we left Alaska, I had to put that chapter back in the book!
Our good friend, Jeff Mahan sent us these photo’s of Skilak Lake. The largest island is Caribou Island, where we lived for nine years. And then the little tiny island is Little Caribou Island and then there is Frying Pan island. The reason Caribou Island is private property, unlike the rest of the lake and surrounding area for miles and miles is because Andy and Jessie Anderson homesteaded Caribou Island back in the early 1900’s! The south shore which is closest to Caribou Island is where Sam did his trapping. The Skilak Loop road that leads to civilization is on the north shore, the farthest from the island.
I will be at the Craigsville, WV. Public Library on Friday, April 11, 2014 to meet the public and autograph my Alaskan memoir Winds of Skilak. If you’re in the area and looking for a good read, then stop by! I’d love to chat with you!
Congratulations go out to Mick Gillies from Australia! He is the winner of the Goodreads book giveaway. He will receive a copy of my book Winds of Skilak. I want to shout a big thank you to all 696 of the people who entered the contest. I appreciate your interest in Winds of Skilak.
The book is available for purchase at my website: http://www.windsofskilak.com. Please don’t forget to enter the promo code: ‘Skilak’ so you can get a 10% discount!
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