Around "Town"

by Victoria Taylor November. 11, 2017 509 views
The view from our front yard - there would be up to 5 small skiffs & up to a dozen kayaks parked on the beach which were used as commuter boats. The two boats pictured were for use by Law Enforcement for search and rescue or Natural Resource's bigger missions.

The view from our front yard - there would be up to 5 small skiffs & up to a dozen kayaks parked on the beach which were used as commuter boats. The two boats pictured were for use by Law Enforcement for search and rescue or Natural Resource's bigger missions.

After landing in Port Alsworth we were dropped off at our "houses" for the summer. Soo, drum roll...Welcome to my tent house!

welcome to my home, sweet home

welcome to my home, sweet home

Inside the tent was a fridge, stove, sink with cold water and a bunk bed. The tent was decorated with countless prayer flags my mom sent to me. The tent had one window which was covered with a sheet - so during the summer there was a lot of light. But most of the time 24/7 sun wasn't an issue. When it was dark from 9am to 5pm in October was more of an issue because the tent was on a peninsula which meant boating to the office and a friends house for diner. Not impossible in the dark but not super easy either.

The hare that lived under the tents

The hare that lived under the tents

The town of Port Alsworth is located across the bay from our housing accessible only by boat during high water (most of the summer).

In the foreground is the commuter boat with the bay in the middle, on the right is Tanalian Mountain and on the left side the dock featured in the first picture is semi-visible.

In the foreground is the commuter boat with the bay in the middle, on the right is Tanalian Mountain and on the left side the dock featured in the first picture is semi-visible.

Port A has a population of roughly 300 year round residents. It gets busy during the summer when the bible camp and guiding companies are running however, as the seasons change the town gets quieter, colder and darker.

Many of the residents still rely on subsistence practices of foraging berries, seining for salmon and other fish. Many of the goods collected are then preserved through various canning practices. In addition, many locals have gardens or buy surplus produce from the Farm Lodge. However, if you want Cheetos or other goods from a store then you have to hire an expediter to shop and ship the goods through one of the two bush airline companies.

Greenhouse of a resident in Port Alsworth, AK

Greenhouse of a resident in Port Alsworth, AK

Several paths surround the town that are open to the public. However, a majority of the National Park is accessible only through bush-whacking (hiking using orienteering skills as opposed to a path). One of the paths from town passes Tanalian Falls which is at the bottom of the gorgeous, glacial lake Kontrashibuna. The waterfall is impassable to fish making it a local hot spot for fly fisherman to angle.

Tanalian Falls

Tanalian Falls

The path continues either up to Tanalian Mountain which overlooks both Kontrashibuna Lake and Lake Clark. The mountain is home to Dall sheep, gophers, eagles, bears and other wildlife.

Dall Sheep on the top of Tanalian Mountain

Dall Sheep on the top of Tanalian Mountain

Gophers on the top of Tanalian Mountain

Gophers on the top of Tanalian Mountain

Camping at Kontrash

Camping at Kontrash

Enjoying the campfire after a long hike and fishing.

Enjoying the campfire after a long hike and fishing.

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Pete Fitzgetald 1 year, 10 months ago

So far your photos and your story has been great thanks for sharing

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Berckmans Peter 1 year, 11 months ago

Love this series

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