12/11/2009--Seldovia, Alaska, USA..Erin McKittrick, with her son, Katmai, strapped to her back, and her husband Bretwood Higman go snow shoeing in the hills along Wadsworth Creek, near their yurt in Seldovia, Alaska. In 2010, the family will go to the Alaskan arctic, China, and the Lost Coast in Alska to look at how carbon currently fossilized in Alaska coal might be burned and change Alaska's (and the world's) climate...The yurt is made by Nomad Shelter in Homer, Alaska, and cost about $14,000. Bretwood Higman ('Hig'), 33 and Erin McKittrick, 30, built it in November, 2008 on land owned by Hig's mother in Seldovia. The yurt is 24' in diameter, the ceiling is over 12' in the middle, 7' around the edge. It has no running water but does have electricity and internet access...McKittrick grew up in Seattle and met Higman, from Seldovia, at Carleton College in 2001. In June 2007, the couple left Seattle for the Aleutian Islands, traveling 4000 miles solely by human power through some of the most rugged terrain in the world; their adventure has recently been published in a book written by McKittrick with Hig's photographs titled, 'A Long Trek Home: 4,000 Miles by Boot, Raft, and Ski'...Together, the couple also run a small environmental non-profit, Ground Truth Trekking, which uses trekking to explore the complexities of natural resource issues. The couple lives with their 10 month old son son, Katmai, in Seldovia, Alaska, a 300 person village just off the end of the road system...©2009 Stuart Isett. All rights reserved.