After landing in Port Alsworth we were dropped off at our "houses" for the summer. Soo, drum roll...Welcome to my tent house!
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 town of Port Alsworth is located across the bay from our housing accessible only by boat during high water (most of the summer).
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.
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.
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.