Some months ago I saw this New York Times article with the title “Broadband Yes. Toilet No” about a young educated couple, Erin McKittrick and her husband Hig, living in a yurt in Seldovia, Alaska. Hig has a PhD in Geology, while Erin has a master’s in Molecular Biology. Then I heard them interviewed on our local public radio station about their new book detailing their thirteen-month journey by foot and paddle some 4000 miles—my interest was clinched.
The Long Trek Home, published by the Mountaineers, is the tale of this young couples walk from Seattle along the coastline way up into Alaska where they conclude their long walk and later settle on family property in Seldovia, Alaska. It is an amazing story of determination and a respect for the land, written by a curious young couple who have a bright future ahead of them with their new toddler son Katmai, in 452 square foot living space, in a town of 250. Quite a tale.