My wife, Pat, and I and our then five kids, ranging from 6 months to 11 years old, headed for Alaska from our home in Virginia in July 1986. We spent the school year in the tiny rural hamlet of Gakona Junction, where had there been room for a sign, it would have said "Welcome" on both sides. There we published 1000 copies of a book of 60+ black-and-white cartoons on life in Alaska, Too Far North, A Northern Cartoon Odyssey, which we sold on the road in Alaska to pay for our trip home in June.
We lived within the vast Copper River Valley, an area the size of West Virginia with a human population of about 2500, bounded on four sides by mountain ranges, including the United States' largest National Park and a semi-active volcano. There were many sources for humor despite the sometimes dangerous and always tenuous ability to live there. Now, years later during the COVID-19 pandemic, the cartoons, updated and in color, are being republished individually online in our friends and publishers' website, Copper River Country Journal 2020. The book below, Living Too Far North, is our commentary on each of the updated cartoons, plus many new ones, along with information life in Alaska and on our travel to and sojourn there. For related information, see TD&H's Alaska Connection.
This new book is not for sale, although we hope to republish Too Far North (just the cartoons without commentary) if and when tourism returns to Alaska. If you are interested in acquiring a copy, message me through the "Contact Us!" link.
Tom Duck and Harry
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