Mudflats and Fish Camps

Mudflats and Fish Camps

800 Miles Around Alaska's Cook Inlet

Book - 2017
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Mudflats and Fish Camps chronicles McKittrick's journey, along with her family, as they set out to hike and paddle the entire coastline of Cook Inlet, a distance of 800 miles. This is unconventional parenting in the extreme, bringing kids not just into the woods, but into quicksand, snow, and the realm of grizzlies. And while their story includes all the stubbornness, excitement, and sleet-in-the-eyes awfulness that comes from walking their way through the world, it also provides an intimate history of a wild and fascinating place and the people who call it home.
Publisher: Seattle, WA : Mountaineers Books, [2017]
ISBN: 9781680510188
1680510185
Characteristics: 221 pages,16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), map ; 22 cm

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Jul 24, 2017

I loved this story of a family that goes on an “expedition” around Alaska’s Cook Inlet by human power (on foot and in boats) alone. Each chapter highlights a different stage of the journey, and includes fascinating bits of history and beautifully-written descriptions of beaches, forests, mud flats, isolated villages, a couple of perilous moments, sea arches, and fields of fossils. At times I could almost feel the cold fresh breeze and smell the salt air. The children, ages two and four, add delightful commentary in the way that they see everything through different eyes than the adults (and to the four-year-old, everything is a dinosaur). One complaint is that some of the paragraphs seem tacked on to previous ones in a haphazard manner; it’s sometimes difficult to tell when the author has changed the subject until you’re lost in seemingly unrelated sentences. This, however, only happened a few times (maybe once every two chapters) and so it didn’t affect my general delight of the book. Worth a read if (or even if not) you’re interested in “extreme” outdoor adventures.

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