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 headed northwest together to find their own Eden in the remote islands of the Tongass National Forest of Southeast Alaska. In the midst of 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 their understanding of ecological relationships that inspired them to leave their legacy for Wilderness when the time came for them to transcend their earthly bodies and embark on their journey together into the great beyond.
Pam and Eric with some of their beloved animals
Letting Go, a wood engraving by Eric Bealer. The Bealers generously left their estate to the Living Wilderness Fund in September 2018.
Eric Bealer making prints