A great plan to beat Black Friday— Pour a cold beer, or a lovely glass of wine, sit back in the comfort of your home, and do your Christmas shopping the easy way. Simply go to Amazon.com and buy “The Wild Side of Alaska” and/or “Big Backpack– Little World” for all the people on your Christmas list. Guaranteed to be easier than fighting the crowds, and hopefully these books will delight your friends and family.
“The Wild Side of Alaska” is filled with hunting, fishing, and the real life stories of Alaska during the 60′s-70′s. For anyone who has a dream of an Alaskan adventure, or a sportsman/woman this is a sure hit.
“Big Backpack–Little World” may be just the book for those college kids wanting an adventure into a new and exciting life of teaching ESL around the world, or wanting a year off to travel. It may also appeal to those that have dreamed of traveling to far-away-places, but haven’t yet done it.
Christmas shopping finished, and now for a siesta.
Yesterday a friend and I traveled from Zihuatanejo, Mexico to Barra de Potosi, a short bus trip away, to watch kayak and canoe races. That part of the day wasn’t overly exciting, but let me tell you about the wonderful treat we were invited to witness. BetseyVille in all its old glory!
I hope you all remember the world famous designer Betsey Johnson. I remembered the name, but little did I know, Betsey moved to Barra de Potosi several years ago and bought a rather run down place on the beach. With her talents, she created her own elegant little oasis. It appears that, after a time, she chose to move farther from civilization, than even Barra. She placed her delightful villa for sale, but throughout the years it didn’t sale and was sadly in need of recovery.
Well, to my delight and the people of Barra along came two creative and hard working people who are madly returning this jewel to the unique oasis it once was. My friend and I were lucky enough to meet and welcome Stasya and Michael who were hard at work, but took the time to chat and show us this beauty in the making. They certainly made the trip to Barra an exciting day. Unique is the word for every room. Miss Betsy had some incredible designs whether it was on dresses or homes. Today it is a bit still in the making, but chandeliers are hung in every room. The dressers in bedrooms are the most elegant I’ve ever wished for. Oh, my and the bathrooms are a pure delight. I can’t wait to see what Stasya and Michael reclaim and redo with their talent. Hotel Hacienda La Rusa won’t be ready for vacationers this year, but I would put this name in my bookmarks if you have ever dreamed of staying at the most enchanting place in perhaps all of Mexico, with lovely people welcoming you to their home in paradise.
For a glance at what Betsy’s creative endeavor was in its glory.
But I can’t wait to see what Hotel Hacienda La Rusa will become.
What could possibly warrant a champagne cocktail this early in the morning? After two years in the making, THE WILD SIDE OF ALASKA is available on Kindle and paperback.
The Wild Side of Alaska is my memoir of life in the last frontier during the 60′s-70′s. Many of my stories take place in the wilderness of the Brooks Range, Interior Alaska, or floating rivers in search of salmon, grayling, or pike. Yes, most of the stories are hunting, fishing, or living in the “Bush” of Alaska.
Join this adventure of life in The Last Great Frontier.
Hold on to your britches, and listen for a drum roll. Are you ready for this long-awaited news?
THE WILD SIDE OF ALASKA is available as a Kindle edition today, it is live on Amazon.
Sorry but book lovers will have to wait about two more weeks to buy your copy. This electronic stuff is just faster than the paper printing. I will post again when it is up and running.
I hope you’ll enjoy the hunting, fishing, and life stories in Alaska during the 60′s-70′s. If so, don’t forget to go to Amazon and give it a review. Reviews are as important to authors as applause is to actors. I’m hoping that “The Wild Side of Alaska” gets a standing ovation.
Thank you one and all for being so patient with me getting this promised book out. It has been loaded, reloaded, and finally it is up before my very own eyes to preview. Now, all I have to do is have the nerve to hit publish, which as you can see I am procrastinating for the moment.
Before you get too bored with my prolonging this adventure, I thought today I would do as recommended to all authors–Show, don’t tell. After all a picture says a thousand words.
Thank each of you for your support and following my blog. See you all soon at Amazon to finally get to read the full story of– The Wild Side of Alaska.
Somehow this ended up being posted on this site with a blank page. I was doing a search, and must have hit a magic button to publish it here. I had so many hits on it that today I will try to satisfy your curiosity.
MONUMENT PEAK LOOKOUT
Monument Lookout, was built in 1936 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, in the Little Belt Mountains of Montana. It hasn’t been used since 1970, and in 1999 was removed from its 50-foot pole, but restored and placed below the original high rise.
This was where Hub and I spent the summer of 1964 or 65. We were hired by the US Forest Service to man this location and spot forest fires in the Little Belt Mountains, and surrounding area. Yes, it was an interesting way to spend a summer, sitting fifty-feet off the ground in a glass house with the elevation already at 7,400 feet. Carrying supplies up those too-numerous-to-count stairs, and back down to visit the out-house. It brings to mind training for the Olympics, or pretending to be a mountain goat.
We were supplied with two-way radios, and checked into the main office three or four times a day, to report an all-clear. There were also spotter airplanes sent from Great Falls to fly the area, and alert us to any smoke we may have missed. On our first day or so the pilot of the spotter plane radioed us, asking if we had him in our sights. Not being able to lie, we kept saying no, we can’t see you yet. Finally, he told us to open up the door because he was coming in. Pretty embarrassed, we never again missed sighting his plane, and the moment, he radioed he was leaving Great Falls, one of us had him in our sights. Of course, this radio contact had gone out to everyone in our fire district, and caused a lot of laughter, and jokes.
For a little more on life in a fire lookout station you will have to watch for the premier of “The Wild Side of Alaska” coming soon to Amazon.