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Mud Flats and Fish Camps

800 Miles Around Alaska's Cook Inlet

from Mountaineers Books, 2017
by Erin McKittrick, author of A Long Trek Home, Small Feet, Big Land, and My Coyote Nose and Ptarmigan Toes

Draw a Bold Line Across the Map
For centuries, the changeable waters of Alaska's famed Cook Inlet have been the base for explorers seeking furs, fish, fortune, and freedom. Rimmed by active volcanoes, remote fishing camps, oil refineries, acres of untracked forests, and the state's largest metropolis, Cook Inlet offers a stimulating mix of big wilderness and big money.

Mud Flats and Fish Camps chronicles a family's journey as they hike and paddle the 800-mile coastline of Cook Inlet.

Swirling tidal currents draw the family's rafts into a pod of spouting belugas; endless tidal flats threaten with quicksand, and a cast of colorful characters helps them along the way. Erin weaves her modern-day expedition with the stories of English explorers, Russian fur traders, Native fishermen, and American homesteaders, sharing the larger history of the inlet. This is the journey of an ordinary family stepping into the wild outside their door, an inspiring tale of choosing to walk a more adventurous path.

See more photos from the journey in our slideshow

Watch the documentary about the journey from vimeo on demand or get a DVD in our store.

Cook Inlet journey map GET PHOTO

Cook Inlet journey map


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