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How did the gold get there? Where are crystals found? Written for the boat traveler, The Anchor and the Pick is both science and story telling about the rocks and minerals of Southeast Alaska. Specific locations listed. Find humor too. Volume 1: The Inside Passage. Volume 2: Prince of Wales.
In the 1960s, Gary McWilliams studied and taught political science. In 1971, thinking academia too limiting, he “dropped out” to learn more of life through travel and experience. When not traveling in Latin America and elsewhere, he worked in Alaska, where he owned and operated a charter boat. He specialized in geology charters, working mainly for the U.S. Geological Survey. Always loving rocks and minerals, he learned much on his charters about the geology of Southeast Alaska. He sold his boat in 1999 and began Stone Arts of Alaska, a business, as per logo, “dedicated to the beauty of stone.” He sold this business in 2016. Now, a full time resident of Whatcom County, Mr. McWilliams writes stories in the mornings and does stone sculpture in the afternoons. His two previous books are Wanderlusting and A Different Window.
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