Upon arrival at Coldfoot, Alaska,

we were driven to Wiseman which has

a permanent population of eleven!

One man, Jack Reikoff, has been living there

since the age of five when he arrived with his family.

He described his life to us, explaining 

how the people living there are totally self-sufficient,

growing their own vegetables, hunting,

storing food in cellars,

using generators and coping with

three months of total daylight soon to be followed

by nearly six months of total darkness.

Wiseman has no electricity, water,

or other modern amenities.

Jack was fascinating to listen to.

We admired his ingenuity and endurance,

and consider him a real Wiseman legend, however

none of us wanted to change places with him.


Fandango’s-One-Word-Challenge: Legend

5 thoughts on “Fandango’s-One-Word-Challenge-Legend

  1. I feel obliged to point out (again) that if you have a generator, you are NOT living off the land. You are living off your generator. But regardless, I admire the energy or such people. My back hurts just thinking about living like that. Even WITH a generator.


  2. Really? You wouldn’t want to have no electricity, no water, and no modern amenities? Sometimes I think that not having the modern amenity we call the internet might be a blessing!


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