A two-week vacation to Alaska in 1971 showed Joanne Hawkins what living in the Last Frontier was all about – self-sufficiency and community.
Hawkins, of Nenana, decided Alaska was where she wanted to be.
She went back to Milwaukee, sold her belongings, and bought a pick-up truck.
She drove to Alaska alone in the dead of winter.
She called Alaska the land of men and money, and after working on it for years, has finished writing a book with that title about her Alaska adventures.
She said she never would have known what she could do without trying.
Book distribution begins Wednesday.