The Cost of Paradise+
As winter approaches in Port Protection, residents must be prepared or face dire consequences. Open deer season provides Gary Muehlberger with an opportunity to stockpile meat for the season ahead. Stuart Andrews and Dave Squibb combine to fish for halibut to fill their freezers. In the wake of Jethro's passing, Curly Leech trains a new dog for life in Southeast Alaska. And Mary Miller faces her fears to harvest firewood for the coming winter.
Port Protections Jack-of-all-trades is as sharp-witted as he is crafty. From his house to the gadgets and gizmos hes constructed along the way, hes found comfort in the wilds of Alaska.
Trial By Fire+
In Port Protection, a symbiotic relationship with Mother Nature is vital to survival on the remote Alaskan island. As winter approaches, Gary Muehlberger works to fall a massive tree to restock his firewood. Mary Miller contends with an unexpected guest while harvesting needed protein on the seas. Sam Carlson and Dave Squibb design a new device that will help the ecosystem. And Curly Leech and his new puppy head out on the dog's first goose hunt.
The newest member of the community, Amandas story illustrates how the Port Protection community welcomes newcomers and guides them into self sustaining Alaskans.
The City Girl+
One time city girl, Marys story breaks the mold. Living alone in Alaska is tough and the learning curve is steep. Luckily, she has the help of the Port Protection community to help her stand on her own two feet.
Port Protection thrives off the community. When the health and welfare of the people who make the town work comes into question, everything takes a back seat to making things right. Amanda counts on a neighbor to help move her newly purchased houseboat. Mary leans on Gary for support as she figures out her health woes. Hans laments over Timbi's doctor's visit and Sam takes his son Matt camping for an overdue father-son reunion.
Knock On Wood+
In Port Protection, wood is the lifeblood of the community. Whether it is the collection of it, or its general use in their daily lives, the people in Alaska live and die by the lumber they are able to utilize. Gary finds cutting down a dead standing tree comes with its own complications. Sam uses its buoyancy to help collect it from long distances. Hans and Timbi get some help to create a zip line for their stockpile. Curly helps a friend whose house is under threat of a fallen behemoth and Mary cuts down her first tree alone.
Survival is the name of the game in Port Protection. Most important in this task is food. The citizens here aim for a subsistence lifestyle. This means finding their own food among the wilds of the woods. Hunting is a choice between bear, fowl, and venison. After some engine trouble Gary finds a deer deep in woods. Curly takes his trusty dog Jethro to hunt geese. Sam and Matt Carlson pair up to bring down a buck, while Mary tracks down a black bear.
The bays and straits around Port Protection offer a bounty of edible aquatic life. As a community that focuses on a subsistence lifestyle, the breadth of food beneath the surface is unparalleled. But, in order to reap the reward, they must pay the price. The danger of the open ocean can take life as easily as it gives it. Sam and Stuart build shrimp pots out of discarded materials. Gary uses the extreme tides to chase down clams and invertebrates. Curly aims to catch his first king salmon of the season. Hans and Timbi use the break in weather to store their shelves with more halibut. And Mary Miller finds pleasure in the little things at smaller...
The city of Port Protection is close to one hundred miles away from a major city. There are no major hardware stores in town and when something breaks, it's up to the citizens to fix it themselves. The beauty of these residents is their determination to support each other in their plight to better themselves and the community with the construction, and sometimes re-construction, to both their homes and modes of transportation. Hans and Timbi work with the community to build a greenhouse. Sam helps Amanda add a critical component to her houseboat. Curly remodels his truck with the help of a friend. And when Stuart needs to fix his skiff, Sam and...
The village of Port Protection is home to both wild characters and wild animals. Both play a role in what it means to live and survive in Port Protection.
Timothy "Curly" Leech and Amanda Makar set out to catch halibut with some borrowed equipment. Gary Muehlberger decides to test his mettle (and age) and return to some old hunting grounds to catch a "Hooter" and see if he's still "got it." Resident inventor and all-around DIY'er, Sam Carlson, tries to cobble together a vertical access wind turbine out of junk and scrap metal from an old shipyard. And Hans Porter sets out to test the town's water supply's pH levels only to discover a dead-standing tree threatening the town's pipeline.
The Devil’s Club+
The community of Port Protection encounters tasks and challenges as Gary goes shrimping, something he hasn't done for a while. Meanwhile, Timbi searches for a natural remedy for Hans's aches and pains. Curly tries to pull a tree from the forest, and Sam takes a camping trip into the island's wilderness in order to hunt bear.
Spring has arrived and the residents of Port Protection complete essential builds and chores. First, Hans and Timbi take a giant step in realizing their dream of owning a working farm by constructing a large duck pen. The community bands together to raise the 16-foot tall structure and to ensure the safety of the ducks from predators.
Looking for Blood+
Gary Muehlberger makes a supply run to Wrangell, Alaska and is asked by Hans and Timbi Porter to bring back some very precious cargo (ducks) that the whole community is counting on. While Gary is in Wrangell, Hans and Timbi call on their neighbors, Mary Miller and Amanda Makar, to help them finish the duck barn in time for the Gary's arrival. Timothy "Curly" Leech, needing meat for the summer season, sets out on a solo bear hunt. Meanwhile, Sam Carlson and his friend, Stuart Andrews, try to solve the mystery of the town's water shortage.