• Sleeping-Lady

    Sleeping Lady

    Mt. Susitna, Alaska I grew up at the base of Mt. Susitna, 50 air miles west of Anchorage. It was an idyllic childhood that I like to...

Mt. Susitna, Alaska

I grew up at the base of Mt. Susitna, 50 air miles west of Anchorage. It was an idyllic childhood that I like to describe as Grizzly Adams meets Little House on the Prairie. Growing up surrounded by family, we lived along a stretch of land near the mouth of Alexander Creek. My cousins and I always called Susitna “Grandma’s Mountain”, and the Sleeping Lady remains the landmark that anchors me. In this crazy and creative business of production, an anchor seemed like a good idea.

In addition to my personal connection with Mt. Susitna, there’s also a fable about the Sleeping Lady that draws me to her. The origins of the story aren’t clear… some claim it’s been around since the early 1900′s, others say the story was spun much later in the century. Regardless of the timing, it’s still a great story, and telling good stories is what it’s all about.

Here’s the story as told by Ann Dixon, a librarian at the Willow Public Library in Willow, Alaska.

She’s also written it in book form with illustrations.