Film about Alaska trip to be shown at Friends of the Black River’s Feb. 14 meeting

By | January 30, 2018

A trip to the Alaskan northland by two local adventurers turned out to be a trip of a lifetime. Friends of the Black River President Steve Rake and member Steve Firkin took the month-long trip to Alaska in 2016.

“It was always a dream to go to Alaska,” said Firkins, artist and amateur film maker, “but we decided to do it on the cheap.”

Firkins documented the trip and will show his video, “To Alaska and Back” at the Friends of the Black River’s February meeting. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 14,  2018, in the lower level community room of the Jackson County Bank.

 The modern-day voyagers’ journey involved driving to Alaska through Canada on the Alaska Highway, traveling and camping in Rake’s 1999 conversion van.

On the way through Canada, the two visited Banff, Alberta, and enjoyed the scenery of the Yukon Territory. In Alaska, they took in the cities of Anchorage, Fairbanks, Seward and Homer and visited Denali National Park.

Along the way, Firkins captured the scenic vistas and wildlife of the 49th state on film.

But, the bucket list trip to the Alaskan wilderness ended up being a mix of adventures. They encountered difficulties in getting around when their means of transportation proved to be less than reliable.

“We had some troubles that made it more of an adventure,” said Firkins.

The van ended up remaining behind in the northern wilderness when the two travelers returned home.

The program is free and the public is encouraged to attend. For more information, email

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