I'm Erin McKittrick. I live in a 450 square foot yurt in Seldovia, Alaska - which is a 450 person town on the Kenai Peninsula in the southcentral part of the state. There's no road that comes here, so access to town is by small plane or boat. I live with my husband Hig, 19 month old son Katmai, and black fluffy cat Nikos. We share a 3 acre piece of land with my mother in law and her dog, and we have lots of wild berry bushes, a fairly large garden, and views of 3 volcanoes across Cook Inlet. We heat with wood and have electricity, but no running water, so we're working on building a wash house.
We both work at home when we're at home, doing some science/writing consulting work and running a small environmental nonprofit
. When we're not at home, we're off adventuring, mostly doing long wilderness treks in Alaska
. I wrote a book
about the year-long 4000 mile journey we made just before my son was born, and am working on a second book that includes adventures with my toddler and hopefully with the new one when he/she shows up.
I'm due on Dec 17, but have been telling everyone "the middle of December." My son was 4 days late.
My favorite food right now is probably anything with wild salmon, wild blueberries, or garden carrots. Luckily I have all of these in abundance.
My favorite baby thing is probably the 2 woven wraps I have (and use all the time to carry my toddler). Also they're one of the only things I ever actually bought.
My favorite thing about being pregnant is just the amazement at how my body can actually grow a whole new person. My least favorite is having to spend the last few weeks away from home, waiting for the baby to show up in the next town over (where there are midwives, a hospital, etc...) - downside of living remote, I guess.
I like to read in the evenings before bed, usually a pretty even mix between fiction and environment and/or adventure-themed nonfiction.