The McKittrick family took almost four months paddling and walking along Cook Inlet. Their reasoning for setting out initially was to ask anyone they came across how they think the Cook Inlet would look in the future. Erin McKittrick wrote about the journey in “Mudflats and Fish Camps: 800 Miles Around Alaska’s Cook Inlet.”
Her husband and adventure partner, Hig, said it’s the sort of question that sparks a conversation with no clear answer. He added that everyone assumes something about the future, so they can do something about it in the present.
When the family began, their two children were four and two-years-old. Erin says they let their four-year-old set the pace, which wasn’t very fast. However, the journey was more about learning and exploring, not the destination. They started in Dogfish Bay, and made their way to Anchorage, and then beyond it.
Erin will be at the University of Alaska Anchorage bookstore on May 11, at 9:30 a.m., for those interested in her journey and book.