A Road out of Naknek:
Alaskan Salmon Fishing, Long-Distance Running, and Life According to the Tide
by Keith Catalano Wilson
In Naknek, a remote commercial salmon-fishing town in southwest Alaska, teenage Keith began running to deal with a feeling of isolation. As an adult, he has since left Naknek, moving from place to place, finding different jobs and different adventures along the way. All the while, he keeps running and competes in a number of long-distance races up to 100 miles. Running provides time for reflection and a sense of inner clarity that nothing else seems to offer — but as life moves forward, he continues to return to Naknek every summer for the commercial fishing season.
A Road out of Naknek predominately moves in chronological order through different stages of life. We are brought along a journey of contemplative exploration, inspiring us to strive toward a greater understanding of life through the biological cycle of salmon, retreading the same path on a run, and the inevitable power of the tide.
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