Tongass National Forest, National Geographic Magazine: Remote Life In Untamed Alaska

Shirley drives a boat off the coast of Prince of Wales Island, one of the islands of the Alexander Archipelago in the Alaska Panhandle. She and her husband live in a float house, a home characteristic of the area, which is fastened down by ropes but floats in a bay. The couple once cooked for logging camps and ekes out an untraditional life taking in more than 30 foster boys who they have raised as their sons.

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