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I first met Dick in 1986 when my former husband Gary Titus and I bought one of the two private property in-holdings on upper Twin Lakes, across from Dick’s place. Dick took a special liking to me and showed me a lot of his favorite places around both upper and lower Twin Lakes. We hiked and snowshoed miles and miles. I remained close to Dick after Gary and I parted ways. The last time I saw Dick was after a hike from Telaquana Lake to Twin Lakes in August 1998. Jerry and Jeanette Mills and my dog Trapper made the hike. Dick seemed more frail than I’d seen him before, but we still took a hike up to see the Balancing Rock. I sensed that it might be my last visit with him so I didn’t want to miss a moment with him.
I visited Twin Lakes the following year in October to photograph bull moose and Dall Sheep but Dick wasn’t staying for the winters anymore. We stopped in at his cabin but without Dick there, it lacked everything that made it special to me. (His belongings were there but without him there it was an empty shell.) I never visited his cabin again even though I made a couple more trip to Twin Lakes after that, for hiking or for a raft trip on the Chilikadrotna River.
I am so grateful that I had a chance to meet and get to know Dick. He was a good friend and I miss our friendship and letter exchanges. Thank-you for keeping his memory alive and for expanding the resources that further document his life. I wonder what he would think about all of this?
Coopers Landing, AK