Where can I read a free book excerpt from Warren Troy’s, Trails: Living in the Alaska Wilderness?


Where can I read a free book excerpt from Warren Troy’s, Trails: Living in the Alaska Wilderness?


Man versus nature in modern times. This book proves there are still places in the United States that are untamed and wild! Trails is for anyone wondering about how Alaska homesteaders survive even today. The author, Warren Troy, lives in remote Alaska and writes fiction stories based off his experiences. Please enjoy the free book excerpt below.




Things went fine along the overland trail. I went slowly to keep the wind chill down, making it easier on myself and the little ATV. The light snow cover was easy to ride through, and the few little drifts were not a problem. I loved riding over the boggy areas in their present frozen condition.

Arriving at the winter crossing over Wolf Creek, I saw the old pole bridge was in good shape, but decided to ride straight across the frozen pool instead. I don’t know why I made that decision. The bridge was right there, just to my left, but the wide pool looked like it was frozen hard. I couldn’t see any movement of water under the ice. So, I started across.

As soon as all four wheels on the ice and I had traveled a few feet, the ice collapsed, sending me and the wheeler into four feet of freezing, quickly flowing water.

Frozen Creek

Frozen Creek (Photo credit: DCZwick)

I tried to stand up and push away from the wheeler, but slipped and went completely under, the frigid water sucking the breath out of me. The current was surprisingly strong, but I managed to grab the broken edge of the ice, stand up, and get to the side of the pool. Luckily, the water by the edge of the pool was shallow enough that I could crawl up onto the unbroken ice. I stood there, already beginning to shiver. I immediately thought of getting into the trees and starting a fire, but realized that my pack and the fire-starting supplies in it were bungeed on the back of the little wheeler, which was completely under the ice, and probably moving downstream. I also remembered that my .44 in its holster was strapped onto the front rack. The man who sold me the little wheeler had said that in a pinch it would float, the oversized tires making it buoyant. I guess he meant unless there was a sheet of ice over it.

I had to think fast. I was really starting to feel the effects of the cold water chilling me down. As quickly as I could, I stripped out of my soaked coveralls, which were already stiffening up, removed my waterlogged gloves, and stood there in my thermal underwear and bunny boots. The deep cold was affecting my thinking, but I had to decide what to do and where to go.

At first I was going to head north, to Ptarmigan Lake Lodge, but realized it was more than three miles away. But then, I remembered the cabin about a mile and a half further south down the winter trail. I had passed it many times on my snow machine. Trying to reach it was the best choice. I forced myself to start jogging, hoping the physical effort would keep me from freezing. I had never been much of a runner, but I’d never had to run to save my life before.


Moose (Photo credit: Travis S.)

Walking across the pole bridge, I ran down the open winter trail, grateful the snow on its surface was hard-packed. Having to plow through thigh-deep snow or worse would have meant my end. The bunny boots were pretty clumsy to run in, but I just kept going. I had gone about half a mile, when I saw a cow moose standing right across the trail ahead of me. I didn’t want to stop or have to work my way through the brush and trees on either side to go around her, so, screaming at the top of my lungs and waving my arms, I charged straight at her. I could see her eyes get big and her ears go back. Just as I about to run into her, she turned away and bolted into the trees. It could have gone either way. You just never know with moose. I kept on running.







This free book excerpt was courtesy of Warren Troy.


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