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Two in the Far North by Margaret E. Murie
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Sep 29, 11

Read in September, 2011

When I was in high school and working in a grocery store, I would pour over every new issue of Alaska Magazine and dream about being out in the wilderness chasing caribou, moose and bears, banding birds of all sorts, studying plant life, and living off the land. This book is the author's account of several trips into the Alaska wilderness with her husband, noted wildlife biologist Olaus Murie. The first expedition (the Murie's honeymoon) was in the mid-1920's and involved long river trips (both in river steamers and smaller craft) and dogsleds. The purpose of the trip was to study barren ground caribou migration patterns. The other trips took place in 1956 and 1961 and also involved documenting and describing area wildlife and plants. The author makes this much more than an account of these trips. She describes the events, the land, and the people with passion as well as detail. Her accounts in some way make up for the experiences I missed. I have made it to Alaska only once for a week. The days were spent in meetings in Anchorage and the nights were spent in a crummy barracks at Ellmendorf Airforce Base.
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message 1: by Deigh (new)

Deigh I think this is the same woman who did pioneering wildlife work along with husband in the Tetons - I have visited her cabin at Moose Junction.


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