We love the awesome women of Alaska and their unique lifestyles! We held a "Tough Alaska Chick" contest, so we could learn more about what you do, how you live, and what makes you "tough." We loved reading about those of you living off the land to provide food for you and your families! Whether it was berry picking, hunting, fishing, trapping, or gardening, we enjoyed your stories! We loved hearing about some of your "tough" jobs that most would think was fit only for a man, but you proved that Alaska Chicks have no limits! Lastly, we were encouraged by some of you who went through deaths, divorces, survived cancer and other diseases and other "tough" life situations, where you pulled through and chose to press on! Some of you may not think of yourself as tough, but most of us face hard times, and we can either choose to give up, or choose to press on, and do the best you can with what you've got! You are all an inspiration, and we loved getting to know you!
We are proud to announce that Detricia H. is our $350 tough Alaska chick shopping spree winner! Her story captivated us as we read about her living off the land for about 20 years, surrounded by bears and other wild animals. Her main diet was moose, bear, porcupine, fish, and clams. Only getting her mail three times a year and living without any technology, women like her are hard to find nowadays! She lived in a 10 x10 log cabin with a sod roof and dirt floor.
Here she is pictured at age 24 with all her furs she got on snowshoe.
Here she is pictured with a tame Raven
Nothing like playing in the great outdoors! This was their first home where she raised her kids, made out of Visqeen!
Here she is with a trouble maker bear (notice the playhorse in the background! yikes!)
You can read her full submission here:
"Well, I'm humble, but my husband has encouraged me to tell my story. I moved to the remote west side of the Cook Inlet in 1981 when I was 24 years old. The guy I went there with left after a couple weeks to go big game guiding in another part of the state. I was in an area which supported one of the highest brown/black bear populations in the whole world. I was way under powered with my over/under 20 gauge/22 rifle. I was then ignorant to that fact yet do remember him telling me before he left "If you have to shoot a bear, be sure it is very close up.". I didn't have a dog to give a warning bark, so I couldn't go outside at night due to the salmon spawning stream a few yards away where many bears mingled. When he returned he was extremely relieved to see smoke emitting from the chimney for he didn't expect to find me alive. Went 8 months that year with out ever going to town. I learned how to trap/skin/flesh. Most of our diet was moose meat, along with bear, porcupine, fish, and clams. We lived in a 10 x 10 log cabin with a sod roof and dirt floor. In the Spring we had to hike 25 miles to find some one with a VHF radio so we could call out for a plane to come and get us. I continued this lifestyle until I was way into my forties. Raised two girls out there. Home schooled, ran traplines, ate lots of bears (just the trouble makers), canned salmon and etc. we would get our mail about 3 times a year. No electricity, phones, T.V. or now- a -days- standards, internet. Lived many years, even with the kids, in tents and line camps. They thought all children grew up with bear teeth marks in their toys and used iceburgs for a playground. One day I tried to tell my daughter about a machine called a "dishwasher", she rolled her eyes and laughed at me and considered it another Mommy practical joke. Kinda like when I told her about white bread. Moved to town when my oldest wanted to go to a public high school. That experience was a shocker for all of us. Town kids are mean. She was WAY too over read and over educated for them. Now she is 26 and a good human being, despite Homer High. Yes, I still go to my cabin all I can and plan to move back out there ASAP. I also still go there all alone for months at a time, even now in my fifties, despite my husbands angst over it. I'm never really at home except when I'm at my dear sweet cabin at the base of my favorite volcano Mt. Iliamna. Alaska chicks rock!!"
It was very hard for us to just choose one tough chick from all the entries we received, so we decided to give two $100 shopping sprees away as well! We will post their stories next! Thanks for all your submissions, we loved reading them all! You Alaska chicks are definitely one of a kind!!