Trekking wild Alaska with toddlers in tow
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Erin McKittrick and her daughter, Lituya, in a snowstorm during the family’s trek to Malaspina Glacier. (Photo courtesy of Erin McKittrick).
In 2007, Erin McKittrick and Hig Higman set out on an epic 4,000 mile trek from Seattle to the Aleutian islands. They traveled for a year by foot, raft, and skis, and McKittrick wrote about the experience in the book, “A long trek home.” Now, their family has expanded by two, with four-year-old Katmai and two-year-old Lituya. But the pair haven’t stopped adventuring. Instead, they’ve taken their young family with them — whether it’s a 300-mile trek along the Chukchi Sea or two months living on Southeast Alaska’s Malaspina Glacier.
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Now McKittrick has written a second book, “Small Feet, Big Land,” about experiencing wild Alaska with a toddler in tow. The family stopped by Sitka last week, and KCAW’s Rachel Waldholz spoke with them about kids, climate change, and being a good parent in grizzly bear territory.
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UPDATE 10:47 AM FRI JUL 25, 2014
An early morning earthquake today is causing widespread communications problems in Southeast Alaska. Both Alaska Communications and AT&T wireless and internet services were affected. A recorded message on ACS’s customer services line says the outage is affecting some customers in Southeast. “This is our highest priority and we are working to restore service as quickly as possible,” the message said. ACS spokeswoman Hannah Blankenship says crews are still working to determine which networks were affected by the quake. An AT&T representative could not be reached for comment. Revised figures from the Alaska Earthquake Information Center put the quake’s magnitude at 5.9. It struck about 97 miles west of Juneau at a depth of about 6 miles. It was followed by several aftershocks. The largest was magnitude 5.7. more