I have a couple friends who last year up and moved to Kenai, Alaska (just southwest of Anchorage, north of Kodiak Island). Since their move, I’ve been living vicariously through their amazing photos and am hoping to make it there by summer’s end. Kenai is just across a Gulf of Alaska inlet and less than 50 miles from Lake Clark National Park & Preserve. The best way to access Lake Clark is by small plane, on wheels, floats, or skis. There is no highway access to the park, from anywhere.
When Dick Proenneke passed away in 2003 (after living alone in the wilderness for over 30 years), he entrusted his handbuilt cabin and cache to the NPS, in the Twin Lakes region of Lake Clark. The cabin now stands and serves as a museum of Prokenneke and his legacy, maintained by the park service year round. I’m most of the way through More Readings from One Man’s Wilderness: The Journals of Richard L. Proenneke, 1974-1980 and it’s making me more itchy footed by the day to get up there.
Anyone ever been?