Gone wild: Gardens man who moved to Alaska sets up ‘summer chalet’

Graham Strickland's 11-year-old American pit bull terrier, Colt, lounges in his "summer chalet" in Delta Junction, Alaska. Courtesy photo

Graham Strickland’s 11-year-old American pit bull terrier, Colt, lounges in his “summer chalet” in Delta Junction, Alaska. Courtesy photo

If you’ve been following former Palm Beach Gardens resident Graham Strickland’s journey to Alaska and feeling envious, your jealousy might end here.

If you haven’t been following along, Strickland, 46, decided to leave crowded South Florida behind for Delta Junction, Alaska, which has an estimated population of less than 1,000 people. He’s logging and building his own tiny cabin this summer.

His dad, Fort Lauderdale resident David Strickland, has been providing periodic updates to the Palm Beach Post. The elder Strickland sent two photos this weekend of what Graham is calling his “summer chalet” in a clearing in the woods.

Palm Beach Gardens resident Graham Strickland decided to move to Delta Junction, Alaska, where he's living in a tent this summer as he builds his own log cabin. Courtesy photo

Palm Beach Gardens resident Graham Strickland decided to move to Delta Junction, Alaska, where he’s living in a tent this summer as he builds his own log cabin. Courtesy photo

That’s his 11-year-old American pit bull terrier, Colt, reclining on the blanket on the right in one photo.

Here’s where camping in the Alaskan wilderness gets dicey for a native Floridian or someone who’s been living in the Sunshine State for awhile: The lows in Delta Junction are in the high 30s to mid-40s, according to AccuWeather.

Graham Strickland said he’s lived in cold environs when he was a child and when he raced bobsleds, but nothing as cold as Alaska. Before he embarked on his journey, he told the Post he planned to get a wood burning stove to use for cooking, heating and boiling water while he builds his cabin.

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