536 p., 120 halftones, 2 maps, 6 x 9
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Boots, Bikes, and Bombers is an intimate biography of Ginny Hill Wood, a pioneering Alaska conservationist and outdoorswoman. Born in Washington in 1917, Wood served as a Women's Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) in World War II and flew a military surplus airplane to Alaska in 1946. Settling in Fairbanks, she went on to co-found Camp Denali, Alaska's first wilderness ecotourism lodge, helped start the Alaska Conservation Society, the state's first environmental organization; and applied her love of the outdoors to her work as a backcountry guide and an advocate for trail construction and preservation.
An innovative and collaborative life history, Boots, Bikes, and Bombers is a valuable contribution to the history of Alaska as well as a testament to the joys of living a life full of passion and adventure.
Karen Brewster is a research associate with the Oral History Program at the Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, University of Alaska, Fairbanks. She is the editor of The Whales, They Give Themselves: Conversations with Harry Brower, Sr.
Working as a guide and advocate, Karen Brewster compiles tales of [Ginny Hill Wood’s] life in this devoted read that will entice lovers of the environment and nature. Boots, Bikes, and Bombers is a worthy tribute, and a solid addition to any history or biography collection focusing on Alaska.
Wood is forever looking outward, so this never bogs down into a navel-gazing memoir of the type so prevalent these days. She also has a wonderful sense of humor that surfaces frequently. . . . Ginny Wood has lived a remarkable life, even if she never intended to. It’s good to have it in print.
—David James, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner