Tuesday, June 21, 2011


Melanie Gould was found alive on Saturday, June 11, 10 days after her disappearance from Talkeetna consumed friends, family, and, it turns out strangers all over Alaska and beyond. Here's an interview with her very positive, warm brother Glenn.

Some might use this saying: "All's well that ends well." Maybe. We are, I am, of course, overjoyed that Mel emerged seemingly unscathed from whatever she experienced in the wilderness. There was never a doubt in my mind that Melanie was, is and will continue to be a strong, vibrant, smart and skilled person capable of much more than some might give her credit for, including herself. Yes, all's well. She survived!

However, there is no "ends well" here. Maybe some or all of us will hear her story one day, maybe not. But this is certainly not the end. Neither is it the beginning. Melanie's life continues. My work and the sweat and tears and joy and fullness of every minute here at the Squirrel continue. The journey does not end. It is always moving forward, moving on.

I wonder if that's what it's like to mush dogs....

Here's wishing everyone, especially my friend Melanie, peace, rest and many more adventures to come.

Photo: Melanie & my son Oliver at Birch Creek Ranch, March 2011


  1. Thank you, Anita. All the best to you, Melanie and all of Talkeetna with your benevolent hearts. Happy Solstice to you.

  2. Anita... well said.

    You've expressed our sentiments here as well. It was especially hard following this from afar, and whether we ever "hear the story" or no, we're grateful Mel is "still with us". All the very best to you and your House from Lat 33°