In 1990 I began my Alaska life by walking over the coastal mountains from British Columbia and hitching a ride on a cargo plane loaded with gold ore to Southeast Alaska. Living in various towns of Alaska I earned enough to get out of town and into the wild. From lowly cannery worker to shipwright, to security guard, to gold miner, to commercial fisherman, to trapper, to carpenter, to owning several businesses( antique dealer, moving business, carver, writer) I've taken on the various jobs and experiences with the intention of eventually writing about them when the time comes. Sometimes for a couple of months, sometimes for a five years at a time. Living off the land involved " learning fast", including how to find and process plants and mushrooms, hunt the unique animals, tan hides by hand, make one's own clothing, and read the weather. I wore out several canoes paddling fifteen thousand plus miles, 5000 on the Yukon and interior Alaska and the rest in Southeast Alaska. In 2004, on my way to the Wild I ran into an unsuspected adventure, soon finding myself living in Australia. After marrying an Australian I returned to Alaska and started living the civilized, sort of, life. Still living in remote Alaska, in the coldest inhabited town in North America with my wife, daughter we spend our time growing a garden, hunting, fishing, speed racing with a small team of sled dogs, and of course writing.
The Wolf That Follows
by D.W. Tarvos
Of the many who venture North to Alaska very few ever find reality matches their expectations. The Wolf That Follows is a story of five young men seeking adventure in the North and after being mauled by reality instead of quitting as most do risk it all to find the their dream. Some find failure, others sheer frustration, and one finds what he was looking for.
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