The Alaska Magazine article that started it all
A FEW YEARS ago our producer, Sarah Gonzales, took a dog sledding trip in Healy. There, she met the couple who owned the remote lodge and they told her about how they met.Their unique and bordering-on-miraculous story stuck in her mind for years. So, she recently revisited Jon and Karin Nierenberg at EarthSong Lodge to be able to share their story with our audience.
Jon & Karin Nierenberg with the letter she wrote to Alaska Magazine in 1990
Here's the tale of how unexpected love detoured a single mom in suburban Ohio to move north to marry a dog musher who had his named misspelled in a magazine. And how she, her rugged mountain man, three teenagers and dozens of sled dogs all came to live together on a remote Alaskan homestead.