"Roadie Sample Stories"


Some "Roadie" stories are about escaping life in the Lower 48, and others are about running toward your dream.


I thought they would kill me and my baby.

  • A single mother fleeing domestic violence lands the only teaching job she can find on short notice, moving from San Francisco to a small town on the Kenai peninsula. When she visits the big city of Anchorage in 1964, she realizes she didn’t leave behind all of the bay area’s dangers, finding herself in the middle of one of the worst earthquakes to ever hit the country.


Trap Line For Sale

  • A 14-year old from New York sees a tiny ad in a magazine selling the rights to a mink trap line in Alaska homestead country. He finishes high school and enrolls in the navy, moving further and further from his boyhood dream. In fact, marriage, kids and a thriving business takes him away from this dream for the next 20 years. But the same day his wife tells him she is leaving him, he sees a similar “trap line for sale” advertisement and his mind is made up. Within a month he and his high school-aged son arrive, bags in hand, only to find the man who placed the ad doesn’t remember selling it to him.


I Guess We'll Stay

  • - A young bride joins her husband touring the northern part of the U.S. in their small plane after World War II, before deciding to visit this new state called Alaska. They land in a small field near the Kenai peninsula and within hours they decided to stay, becoming some of area’s first homesteaders. They live a life without electricity or a sustainable income and largely without other people, eventually raising a family and supporting other emigrants to the region.While other 1950s housewives were joining the PTA and making dinner on a new stove, she was chopping wood and washing the laundry down by the river and helping to form a school for the children of the other homesteaders. Decades later, their legacy ultimately helped the region build its population and lay the foundation for its success as one of the region’s top destinations.


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