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Chasing Alaska: A Portrait of the Last Frontier Then and Now

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Alaska looms as a mythical, savage place, part nature preserve, part theme park, too vast to understand fully. Which is why C.B. Bernard lashed his canoe to his truck and traded the comforts of the Lower 48 for a remote island and a career as a reporter. It turned out that a distant relation had made the same trek northwest a century earlier. Captain Joe Bernard spent decades in Alaska, amassing the largest single collection of Native artifacts ever gathered, giving his name to landmarks and even a now-extinct species of wolf. C.B. chased the legacy of this explorer and hunter up the family tree, tracking his correspondence, locating artifacts donated to museums, and finding his journals at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks. Using these journals as guides, C.B. threw himself into the state once known as Seward’s Folly, boating to remote islands, hiking distant forests, hunting and fishing the pristine landscape. He began to form a landscape view of the place that had lured him and "Uncle Joe," both men anchored beneath the Northern Lights in freezing, far-flung waters, separated only by time. Here, in crisp, crystalline prose, is his moving portrait of the Last Frontier, then and now.

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Alaska looms as a mythical, savage place, part nature preserve, part theme park. Which is why C.B. Bernard lashed his canoe to the roof of his truck and headed northwest. When a distant cousin revealed that a common relation had made the same trek a century earlier, Bernard began chasing the legacy of this legendary hunter and explorer up the family tree, discovering hundreds of pages of journals that wound up in a closet at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks. Using these journals, Bernard threw himself at Alaska, boating to remote islands, hiking distant forests, hunting and fishing the landscape, and forming a moving portrait, then and now, of the last frontier.

About the Author

C. B. Bernard has worked as a newspaper editor, magazine journalist, and advertising copywriter. Winner of several Alaska Press Club awards, he has written extensively for Alaskan SoutheasterPacific Fishing, Professional Mariner, and Gray's Sporting Journal magazines. Newsweek columnist Eleanor Clift judged his column about life in Alaska as best in the state. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780762778461
Subtitle:
A Portrait of the Last Frontier Then and Now
Author:
Bernard, C. B.
Publisher:
Lyons Press
Subject:
Adventure
Subject:
Outdoors-Lore and Survival
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20130531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8 x 5.5 in

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"Synopsis" by , Alaska looms as a mythical, savage place, part nature preserve, part theme park. Which is why C.B. Bernard lashed his canoe to the roof of his truck and headed northwest. When a distant cousin revealed that a common relation had made the same trek a century earlier, Bernard began chasing the legacy of this legendary hunter and explorer up the family tree, discovering hundreds of pages of journals that wound up in a closet at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks. Using these journals, Bernard threw himself at Alaska, boating to remote islands, hiking distant forests, hunting and fishing the landscape, and forming a moving portrait, then and now, of the last frontier.
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