A Little About Your Hostess
Deb grew up in the Adirondack foothills,
went to college in Boulder at CU, and moved to Alaska as a young
woman. She had always had a dream about returning to the land
and learning canning and putting food up while she built a homestead.
She lived on Kupreanof Is. for several years and traveled by
kayak to resupply her stock of food or to work in Petersburg.
Learning of a job in her field, Deb moved to Juneau where she
taught ESL (English as a Second Language) for the University
of Alaska/JDCC and wrote grants for various education programs.
A "sense of place" became
a strong pull for both Deb and Charlie, and they moved to Gustavus
and their respective homesteads within the same week. Life was
very simple back then in a town with no electricity, 10 miles
of roads and cutoff from access to the outside world. There was
no ferry or regular jet service so it was a good place to develop
the skills of self-sufficiency and an even stronger connection
with the wilderness. More than 40 years have passed and Deb
still loves the small community way of life and proximity to
things wild. Visitors 'come as strangers and often feel they are leaving as friends'!