My parents were Arctic adventurers who recorded their nomadic lives in early documentaries and books. Childhood travels with them kindled my deep love for nature, and I spent my youth wandering Alaska’s remote Brooks Range. This is the story of my first book, Arctic Daughter: A Wilderness Journey, which I am currently updating for republication.
In 1992 I was drawn back to the Arctic to fulfill the dream of sharing wilderness with my husband, Tom Irons, our six-year-old son, Luke, and our friend, Laurie. The four of us were flown into the mountains where we built a cabin and live alone for more than a year. When spring again freed the river, we embarked on a month-long canoe journey back to civilization. Throughout our sojourn in this vast solitude we candidly recorded our lives, and from ninety hours of footage Tom and I eventually produced our documentary, Arctic Son: Fulfilling the Dream. It now shows on PBS stations across America and I have updated the book of the same name.
Over the decades, our family was repeatedly drawn back to live in the wilderness. Our continuing story is told in Trusting the River, scheduled for publication early in 2015. Now in our mid-sixties, Tom and I still spend a third of each year in Arctic wilds and much of the rest of it sharing our lives with others. When our beloved son, Lucas, died unexpectedly in 2012, we retreated to the solace of our mountains where we chose to revise our documentary in tribute to his life. This summer, we will begin recording for another.
Tom and I have been granted an unusual share of beauty and freedom at a time when solitude is rare. We are committed to recreating the human journey for all children. We hope to inspire you to live your own precious dreams, to engender loving communities, and to honor our Planet home. We are grateful for your enthusiasm which has generated national following in our two-person projects. Thank you for your support and your blessings!
Wishing you Joy and Inspiration,
Jeanie Aspen and Tom Irons April 2014