If you’ve been reading my writings over the years, you know that one of my favorite places is Alaska. Yesterday I woke up to a nice surprise. Since she wrote it originally on Facebook, I will go ahead and use Andrea’s name.
This was the message that brightened my day, “Hi, Charlie! My name is Andrea, and I am a principal at Nelson Island School in Toksook Bay, Alaska (about 100 miles northwest of Bethel). I am almost done reading your adventures in Alaska and have not been able to put the book down! Many of the things you write about I have seen or done, but there are oh so many more things I now want to do before I leave! I especially loved the part about your Yukon River canoeing adventure! Wow! You ARE brave!
My husband (who lives in our house in Wasilla and works in Anchorage) and I have a five-year-plan to be on the road RVing full time, maybe Workamping, maybe just retired, who knows? But in the meantime, I am loving my adventure here in “Bush” Alaska, living and learning about the Yupik culture.
Thanks for such an informative and entertaining book! I have thoroughly enjoyed it. We moved here in 2003 and have already seen so many changes in just ten years! Best to you – Andrea Foster Engbretsen.”
And I replied, “Your message gave me goosebumps…first because I expect it is a lot colder there, then here in AZ (although I’ve been complaining about the 20s-30s-40s, and secondly because I really love Alaska. How exciting that you are spending some time in ‘bush country.’ I saw a little of it and always wished we had had the opportunity to go to Alaska when my husband I were first married. Ah well.
I was last in Alaska in 2007 and put out the last edition of the RVing Alaska book in 2009. A lot of the same adventures are in as the one you read with one or two more added. You have the most important one which was the canoe trip on the Yukon. That was this Michigan housewife’s most fantastic adventure of all! I certainly encourage you both to take advantage of being up there and living Alaska’s adventures.
As you know, I first went up there in 1987, and have seen so very many changes, but it is still that ‘last frontier’ image that makes me want to go back…maybe another edition in 2013 or 2014??? It would be a good excuse to go back don’t you think? Having experienced many years of vacation RVing with my family as they grew up, then the 20 years of full-time RVing after my husband died, I can highly recommend it. However, I warn you, full-time RVing is extremely addicting. I have been without my ‘six wheels to adventure’ since the end of 2007 and if I won the lottery tomorrow, I would have another RV in a heartbeat! Enjoy whatever you do.
Hugs across the cold lakes and mountains to TookSook Bay, Alaska.” God Bless until next week.
Winter in the Wilderness, the first e-book novel published by Minshall, and her fourth edition of RVing Alaska and Canada are available through Amazon.com.
At 45, Widow Minshall began 20 years of solo full-time RVing throughout Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Sharlene canoed the Yukon, mushed sled dogs, worked a dude ranch, visited Hudson Bay polar bears, and lived six months on a Mexican beach. She lectured at Life on Wheels, published six RV-related books and wrote a novel, “Winter in the Wilderness.”