A Winter in False Pass

That would False Pass, Alaska, a small fishing village in the Aleutian Islands, and no I'm not escaping the smog of Beijing to spend a winter there, although it's tempting. 

My niece and her husband, however, are doing just that.  Last week they both quit their jobs in Minnesota, dumped their stuff in his parents' garage and set off to spend the winter in the Aleutian Islands where they will be caretakers at a homestead called Stonewall Place, located 3 miles (by boat across a bay) from False Pass.  The owners of the place do commercial fishing, and every winter hire caretakers to look after their place while they decamp to Anchorage.  My niece and her husband have been wanting to do something like this for a long time, so when the opportunity came up they jumped on it.

If you're wondering what kind of people would drop everything for the chance to spend a winter in Alaska, well, this would be the very same couple who got married OUTSIDE on the shores of Lake Superior during a raging blizzard!!  You can read about that adventure in a post I wrote titled "This is Insane!".  Photos of the wedding can be found here

Besides tending to the chickens and the greenhouse, I'm still not entirely sure what they will be doing all winter in the wilderness.  But they've promised to keep us informed with all their adventures on a blog they've started called North to Alaska.  You can already read up on their adventure just getting to the place. 

And if you're so inclined, please subscribe to the blog so you can follow them through their Alaska winter. Something tells me they are going to have some fascinating stories…..