Alaska “...having the best time I ever had”


by Larry S. Mikelsen



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 11/13/2012

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.25x11
Page Count : 472
ISBN : 9781468576351
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 472
ISBN : 9781468576344

About the Book

As a boy, I was lucky enough to be introduced an elderly gentleman by the name of Robert R. (Bob) Huttle (Mr. Huttle to me). I remember “Mr. Huttle” as a man of many interesting stories, and experiences. Mr. Huttle was a good friend of my father, and for quite a number of years was sort of an informal member of our family, being in attendance for Christmas, Thanksgiving, birthdays, and any other family gatherings. His little home, along with its menagerie of exotic fowl in a little community called Annapolis, Washington was always a most fun place to visit. Throughout his life, Bob was an avid photographer with a genuine interest in people, who religiously recorded all that, was going on around him in his more than interesting life. The walls of his home were covered with pictures and memorabilia of that lifetime. There were times when Bob would take out his old picture albums and show my brother and me pictures of his times up in the State of Alaska. I always remember that these times seemed to be events he treasured, and each picture came with a story that would flow off his lips with obvious pleasure. After coming to America, serving in the U.S. Marine Corp., Bob spent 1933 - 1934 living his dream on the Alaskan Kenai Peninsula near what was then called Birchwood Creek (now Bear Creek) on Tustumena Lake, as a hunter and an “amateur trapper” (as he referred to himself). In January of 1937, Bob was hired as a patrolman with the Anchorage Police Department and 21 days later he had to give up his beat to come indoors as the Acting Police Chief, replacing the then seriously ill Chief of Police Ernie Amundsen.

About the Author

Larry Mikelsen was born and raised in the Puget Sound area of Washington State. For his entire life, he has enjoyed the outdoors through hiking and hunting. Larry met Robert R (Bob) Huttle as a young boy and spent many hours listening intently to Bob's many stories of his incredible life until Bob's death in 1967. Bob bought Larry and his brother their first shotguns, which they both still have today. Much hunting fun and adventure was provided by those double barrel shotguns. Larry is still an avid hunter. He has hunted numerous Washington State haunts, Montana, and Africa. Larry's desire is to preserve the experiences Bob Huttle had during his time hunting and trapping in the Tustumena Lake area in the central portion of the Kenai Peninsula of Alaska. Larry is a member of the NRA, SCI, and the Kasilof Historical Society. He is an NRA Certified Instructor, and Range Safety Officer. Larry has been a Marine Inspector for the Washington State Ferry System for more than 20 years. He lives in Port Orchard, Washington with his wife Cindy.