EPISODE I: HEADING NORTH
For Gary Green, it was gold prospecting. He wanted a place that was wild and lonely like the Westerns of his youth.
For Carole and Daniel Morrison, it was chance.
For Mark Vail, it was the untouched wilderness and the opportunity to live off the land. And for Greg Runyan and Kristin Link, it was the adventure, the community and the lifestyle.
Everyone has their own story.
Some people come here to run away from the world. Others are seeking adventure and an alternative way of living.
Some stumble in as seasonal workers and never leave. Others build a house and a life and then move on. A few are born here.
The journey to get here is just the beginning.
At one point, there was no road. It was a fly-in only ghost town. When it did come, it was called the worst road in Alaska. There were mudslides, road glaciers and a rotting plank bridge across a 238-foot drop.
A lot of people turned back. But a few kept going all the way to the end of the 60-mile dirt road and beyond, heading toward the dark and the cold and the emptiness, toward a place with no services, no public utilities, no grocery stores and only their own resources to help.
What kept them going? Listen on, my friends.
Music from Galen Huckins and Blue Dot Sessions / Ultima Thule, McCarthy, Careless Morning, Snowmelt, A Rush of Clear Water, Sweetly / Episode artwork from Ian Gyori / Financial assistance from the Duffy Fund and the University of Missouri / Guidance and support from Scott Swafford, Sara Shahriari and Dr. Cristina Mislan / Featured in this episode: Gary Green, Carole Morrison, Mark Vail, Greg Runyan and Kristin Link