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By Bill Sherwonit

Changing Paths: Travels and Meditations in Alaska’s Arctic Wilderness is an autobiographical exploration of writer invoice Sherwonit’s courting with the Alaska barren region. Written in 3 components, it first describes Sherwonit’s advent to the Brooks variety and his years as an exploration geologist. Taking a step again, the writer then takes us into the previous to discover his formative years roots in rural Connecticut and his reputation of untamed nature as a safe haven. He concludes along with his emergence as a nature author and desert suggest.

An engrossing, interesting, and eye-opening story of 1 man’s lifestyles and of barren region conceptions, this shiny description of a space of Alaska that few humans get to adventure is real and enlightening. it's a unprecedented contribution to the literature of position from one among Alaska’s so much complete nature writers.


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But you can’t get careless about it. A spilled pee bottle would be nasty indeed. In contrast with Tom, bear biologists Larry Aumiller and Sterling Miller say that a bear’s response is likely to be determined by its past experiences with people. A bear that’s wary of people—which probably applies to most of the grizzlies in Gates—is likely to be spooked by human pee, while a human-habituated bear would pay little or no attention. And one that has learned to associate people with food might very well be attracted by the smell, because of the human-food connection.

With only a light mist falling, I prepare to leave Anaktuvuk shortly after noon on July 19. ” I’m not sure exactly what he means, but take it as a compliment. ” I suspect he’s inquiring, in a roundabout way, if I’m taking a bear-resistant food container, or BRFC. Made of dense, durable, space-age plastics, BRFCs are black, cylindrical contraptions, about eight inches in diameter. Besides being crushproof, they have locking tops that bears haven’t figured out. Though bulky and awkward and heavy, BRFCs are the only sure way to keep grizzlies (and smaller critters) out of food supplies where there are no trees.

The visit was supposed to last only two weeks, but “we never went back,” Vera says. Like Raymond, she has always lived in the Arctic except for time spent away at school. She too sees both good and bad in the Nunamiut’s rapidly changing world. ” She says it in a way that 24 c h a ng i ng pat h s s­ uggests a mix of embarrassment and pride. In the past Vera has helped with the butchering and hauling of meat, but only now will she finally participate in the killing, as her mother and grandmother before her.

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