Some of my regular readers know or at least have met Dan Pakula, owner of the Stikine Riversong Lodge in Telegraph Creek, British Columbia. Dan died on Monday, July 26th – my understanding is that he was unloading a 45-gallon drum from his truck when it slipped and crushed him. This is a huge loss, not only to his friends and family, but to the entire region. Dan was a tireless promoter of the Stikine River, the river that brought him north 30+ years ago. I’ve talked with him many times, by email and in person over the past 20+ years, and to say that he was passionate about it is an understatement. There’s an email from him sitting in my Inbox that I hadn’t even had a chance to answer yet.
My sincere condolences go out to everyone affected.