Richard (Dick) Proenneke (you may click on the two photos above and the two photos below for a larger view)
Anyone who has heard of Dick Proenneke can not help but feel attracted to who he was and what he did. His is the story of someone who forsook all else to pursue his dream. It was a pleasure to grow up knowing him as a good family friend.
My grandfather, Leon "Babe" Alsworth would fly Dick to and from Twin Lakes. Babe and his wife, Mary, became Dick's good friends as well as his lifeline and contact with the rest of the world for many years. Grandpa would stop in with Dick's supplies, mail, and news on floats in summer and on skis in the winter.
As a boy my father, Glen Alsworth, Sr., would fly to Twin Lakes with his father to drop supplies and visit with Dick. Through the years he would travel there often; first as a student pilot with Grandpa, and later on his own, taking over the support flights for Dick where his father left off.
I was very fortunate that my father continued the tradition with me. I recall flying with him to Dick's as a child. Dick would always welcome the company and had priceless new discoveries to share. Fox dens, snowy owls, baby moose, river polished rocks, friendly birds that would eat from your hand, and the best blue berry patches were some of the many things I took in wide-eyed as a child on visits to Twin Lakes.
A couple times a year Dick would come to stay with our family in Port Alsworth. He would help harvest potatoes and usually run the grader on our dirt airstrip. He could always be found if you listened for his humming while he worked, possibly a habit developed over many years of working alone. His first order of business upon arrival was to walk through the house and discover new technology, such as CD players, personal computers, and all the other things that he obviously could live without.
As more and more people heard about Dick, more people wanted to visit him. The park service had taken over much of the flying to help keep Dick supplied, so by the time I was old enough to fly, I was taking people to Twin Lakes to meet Dick. It always amazed me that someone who lived so much of the time on their own would be so hospitable and eager to entertain company. He was in fact a very good host and each visitor always left feeling that Dick had enjoyed their visit.
Even though Dick is no longer living, Twin Lakes is still a very special place to visit. It is my pleasure to offer people the chance to see Dick's cabin, explore Twin Lakes, and feel first hand the magnificent land that called Dick to such a unique lifestyle and experience.
If you would like to visit Twin Lakes and his cabin please call us toll free at 888-440-2281 for more details. Photos taken during a visit in 1995 are available by CLICKING HERE.
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