Have you ever fantasized about living in complete isolation, away from the humdrum of human civilization? Crowds, competition, war, socio-political tension, and a number of other things make us want to give up and live a basic life. Our dream is being lived by the Atchleys in Alaska.
David and Romey Atchley, with their son Sky, live 250 miles away from the nearest Alaskan town. They have grizzly bears and wolves as neighbors. The family moved here in 1999 when they found a tiny trapper’s hut for sale.
It has been 18 years since the frugal Atchleys have been living here. Their 13-year-old son grew up in the calm of the forest with a pet dog. He likes to play violent computer games and watch comedies such as ‘Friends’. There is no internet connection in their log cabin which enables organic living cut-off from the fast paced world.
Sky Atchley has grown up devoid of any friends. However, he tells,
I have one friend in Fairbanks who I look forward to seeing when we go to town once a year. Her name is Ella but she’s really a stranger as I don’t see her much.
If you are wondering about how and what they eat, then don’t worry, the family has developed highly self-sufficient ways of living. Mr. Atchley goes to the closest town once a year to stock up on groceries. They keep the stock well refrigerated in a deep pit for at least 2 years in advance.
David Atchley talks about their lifestyle and informs,
People want to know what 18 years of isolation does to you. It changes you. You have time to have more than two thoughts on any one subject. We spend months talking about one subject because we have time to. Do we miss people? Not for what you get, they’re too much work.
The Atchleys live like hippies who are not dependent on anyone. After having their groceries raided by a bear and almost attacked by wolves, the family of three has learnt the ways of the wild. They grow their own marijuana and stay perpetually stoned.
Mrs. Atchley elaborates upon the ideology they follow,
I feel like we’re the last of the true American spirit of freedom that people were looking for when they crossed the ocean and came to this continent.
The log cabin where the Atchleys live is spread across 21′ by 26′ compound. Power is provided by solar panels and, during chilly winters, heat is generated through two wood burning stoves. The family stays happy in their sweet surrender doing whatever they want.