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The Story Behind This Simple Cabin In Alaska Is One You Won’t Forget

Henry David Thoreau once wrote, “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”  This is a saying that Richard Louis Proenneke would undoubtedly live by. At the age of 49, he retired to live the next thirty years of his life in the quiet solitude of the vast Alaskan wilderness learning what it is to be self-reliant and self-sufficient.

Today, his handmade cabin is a landmark for both naturalists and adventurers alike who seek a self-sustainable lifestyle in the peaceful confines of the wilderness. These photos will take you back in time as you learn more about the construction of Proenneke’s one-of-a-kind cabin and his life in the Alaskan wilderness.

Have you heard of Proenneke’s Cabin before? What do you think?

Casea Peterson
Casea Peterson grew up archery hunting, fishing, and camping throughout the Pacific Northwest. Motivated by her love for the outdoors she moved to Alaska to attend school and to spend time exploring the last frontier. If she doesn’t have a pen in hand or her nose in a book, she can be found out on a lake or up in the woods around a fire with friends.