Connie Helmericks, arctic adventurer and author, was a wild spirit who yearned for adventure in an era of obedient women. In 1941, when she was twenty-three, she persuaded her husband to leave Arizona for the Alaskan wilds. Her successful books and their documentaries came later. She passed away in 1987.
The Flight of the Arctic Tern, first published in 1952, chronicles the travels and adventures of husband and wife Constance and Harmon Helmericks. Beginning in Connecticut, then flying across Canada to the north of Alaska in a Cessna 140, the couple begin a lifelong pioneering adventure of living simply in the wilds of Alaska.
In suburban Arizona, 1964, Connie Helmericks announced to her two daughters, 12-year-old Ann and 14-year-old Jean, "We're going to make a canoe expedition to the Arctic Ocean." And for two successive summers, that's exactly what they did. Down the Wild River North is the vividly told story of their adventures in the remote northern reaches of Canada and the Arctic.