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Grandfather Says: The Beauty of Alaska

Original oil painting by: Grandfather’s wife

Grandfather says Alaska is a magic place — even though life at its far Northern latitude is brutal, sometimes.

Magic is central to the native peoples. The Tlingits recognize the spirits of ravens and eagles and belong to the matriarchal clan of one or the other.

For the interloper born elsewhere, there is magic in the breathtaking beauty of the Alaskan mountains and waters, and its wildlife everywhere.

For Grandfather the Interloper, there was the beauty of Chilkat Lake and the mountains surrounding it and the Sockeye salmon he took from its waters.

Forty pounds of salmon fillets, marinated in saltwater and maple syrup and smoked over an apple wood fire, went with him back home to the lower 48.

Grandfather’s son and daughter-in-law, landing a Sockeye salmon on a broken fishing rod. Fresh-run salmon feel like locomotives on light tackle.

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About the Author: RD Blakeslee is an octogenarian from West Virginia who built his net worth by only investing in that which can be enjoyed during acquisition and throughout life, as opposed to papers in a drawer, like stocks and bonds. You can read more about him here.

Photos: Courtesy of the Blakeslee Family

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