Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Where exactly do you live? Seldovia? Never heard of it.

Just this week I learned about the Alaskan town of Seldovia, a wee little place accessible only by boat or aircraft. This morning there was an article in the NYTimes about a couple living there in a yurt, without running water. Hardy souls, those Seldovians.

Broadband, Yes. Toilet, No.

ON a trip to the Yucat√°n Peninsula in Mexico during spring break, Bretwood Higman and Erin McKittrick found themselves on a beach, holding a battered tourist map. Sick of the collegiate shenanigans around them, Mr. Higman suggested they ditch the bars, take the map and walk the 30 miles of shoreline to the next town. “The beach is probably continuous, right?” Ms. McKittrick remembers him saying.

To his surprise, Ms. McKittrick, whom he had met while they were studying at Carleton College outside of Minneapolis, was game. “That was a defining moment,” said Mr. Higman, now 33; he knew Ms. McKittrick was the one.

Ten years later, they are married, have an 11-month-old son and have walked more than 7,000 miles together. “When we got together, it was more than the sum of the parts,” said Ms. McKittrick, 30. “Much more.”

Read the rest of the article here.