Name: Carl Dixon 
Age: 69
Residence: Either Winterlake Lodge or Anchorage
Occupation: Lodge Owner
Years lived in Alaska: 46
Current Location:  Winter Lake lodge on the Iditarod Trail at the Finger Lake checkpoint
Date of Photo: March 9, 2020
Temperature: 30 F 
Current Weather: Clear

Image Description: Carl outside of Winter Lake Lodge at Fingerlake Check Point

What first brought you to Alaska:

I first came to Alaska in January 1974. I just graduated from the University of Washington and it was time to get a job. There was a job offer in Los Angeles and one in Cleveland, where I grew up, and one in Anchorage. I thought, “Well, I didn’t want to go to a big city, I’ll see what Alaska is all about.” I had no real desire to go there, like everyone else, I thought it might be cold and all this misconceptions. I flew up here, landed January 6 or something, and went right to work. I had trained as an audiologist, so I worked at the Alaska Treatment Center for a year and then I went to the Native Medical Center.

How has Alaska captured your heart?

Alaska captured my heart that very first year the population was young, it was all this wonderful wilderness. I had been an outdoors boy in Ohio as much as possible and in Seattle. So when I came to Alaska there was so much un-traveled spaces and just fantastic waterways and mountains. It was really exciting for me to be here and to be outside as much as I could.

Describe just one of your favorite “Best Days” or  “Most memorable experiences”  in Alaska. 

My most memorable experiences have been many, and one of them is certainly meeting Kiersten at the Native Medical Center, she was an ICU nurse there. Probably aside from that, and of course our birth of our two daughters, was a climb on Denali in 1975. It was a great adventure, it was a great confidence builder, and reinforced my love for Alaska.

What in Life do you know for sure?
My most memorable experiences have been many, and one of them is certainly meeting Kiersten at the Native Medical Center, she was an ICU nurse there. Probably aside from that, and of course our birth of our two daughters, was a climb on Denali in 1975. It was a great adventure, it was a great confidence builder, and reinforced my love for Alaska.

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