Eric and Pam lived and died on their own terms. They craved the freedom of living simply away from the constraints of “normal” society and its demands to lead a cookie cutter life. They both rejected the traditional expectations of their east coast upbringing, and headed west together to find their own eden in the remote islands of southeast Alaska and the West Chichagof Wilderness. The towering trees of the old growth forests that surrounded them were their sanctuary, the waterfalls and crystalline lakes refreshing them anew. They placed their faith in the rhythms of the natural world, the energy of the universe, and the deep understanding of the inherent interconnections of everything. It was this love of nature and understanding of ecological relationships that inspired them to leave their legacy for wilderness when the time came for them to walk into the forest.