Hi, everyone. I've begun posting journal entries and photographs from the recent expedition; the late July trip through the Inside Passage to Juneau photos and entries are up now. Please follow the link to my blog, which will be updated every couple of days.
Drawings, more photographs, stories and journal entries are forthcoming, so keep an eye out! Meanwhile, I'll need to collect addresses from everyone soon, as reward time approaches. Please forward your contact info to me at my email email@example.com
Hope all of you are well, thanks again!
This is T Edward Bak, confirming that the WILD MAN drawing expedition has come to a successful closure. I departed from Bellingham, Washington for Juneau aboard the M/V Columbia on July 23. After spending a week exploring Juneau, and conducting research with the invaluable staff and resources of the Alaska State Museum and Alaska State Historical Archives, a harrowing 3-hour double-prop PenAir flight from Anchorage delivered me across the Alaskan peninsula and the eastern Aleutian islands/borough to the island of Unalaska. I spent a week exploring, photographing and documenting the island habitat and wildlife, and learning about Unangan culture through a small family of native fishermen living/working in Akutan, and through the resources of the Museum of the Aleutians in Dutch Harbor/Unalaska. I boarded the M/V Tustumena a few days later, sailing east across the island chain, recording everything possible along the 3-day journey, which proceeded in the opposite direction of the western route taken by the St. Peter in the summer of 1741.
In a few days, I will be posting journal entries, drawings and photographs from the expedition to my antizerogravity blog, where you can read all about the excursion and adventure. Later this year, I'll be publishing a small journal about the WILD MAN expedition, too.
Anyhow, just a quick note to let you all know how everything went:
Fantastically. Thanks to you all.
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