I’m biking across America this summer and taking a picture
of everyone I meet.

<u>The 17th CSSB Army Unit</u><br>Paxson, AK

The 17th CSSB Army Unit
Paxson, AK

On the T-intersection of the Denali and Richardson Highway sits the abandoned Paxson Resort straight out of a horror movie. As we rode by it, a group dressed in military uniforms hollered at us. We swerved to say hi to the 17th CSSB Army Unit who were hanging out on the steps. They were waiting on assistance for their malfunctioned tankers. We made small talk and walked straight into the deserted building behind them. Shattered plates, playing cards, and garbage were scattered on the carpet. Four years ago, the owners got up and left without bothering to take anything with them.

As we walked out, Erik joked that we couldn’t have wandered into such a sketchy scene with any better protection –– the military. The group is stationed in Alaska but has been around the world together. After hearing our story, they gave us a bag of gummy bears and a couple MREs or Meals Ready to Eat, their typical grub. We prepared one a few days later and watched our blood sugars spike from the ridiculous amount of sugar. The army eats this crap? 

“This is why we need more women in the military,” Erik remarked.

<u>Patty Ryan-Staples</u><br>Kenny Lake, AK

Patty Ryan-Staples
Kenny Lake, AK

<u>Ron Holmstrom</u><br>Paxson, AK

Ron Holmstrom
Paxson, AK