The Legend

The Sleeping Lady (Mt. Susitna) lies on the western horizon as viewed from Bootleggers Cover in downtown Anchorage, Alaska during a late summer sunset.

The “The Legend” Experience

Many millennia ago, a clan of gentle giants inhabited the Great Land, now known as Alaska. Among the giant people was a beautiful young lady named Susitna and a handsome young man who fell deeply in love with each other. Their unbound devotion was so joyous that all the villagers admired them and preparations for marriage were underway.

On the day before the wedding a messenger brought dreadful news that a fierce war-like people from the north were invading the country and destroying everything in their path. The village gathered in council to decide what to do. Some suggested going north to attack. The young love-filled man proposed taking gifts to the enemies instead of weapons, showing their interest was in peace and not bloodshed. By morning the brave volunteers were ready to leave.

Susitna had tears of sadness when her lover came to say good-bye. He gazed softly into her eyes and whispered, "I shall return soon with news of peace. Meet me by the slender body of water with two arms." With one gentle kiss he turned and joined the departing men.

She hurried to the pool of water, known today as the Knik Arm, and began the wait, confident that she would soon be back in her mate's arms. For many days and nights she busied herself while waiting until finally she grew very weary and laid down to rest. She fell into a deep sleep.

While she slept, tragic news reached the village that their young men's pleas for peace had been in vain and a terrible battle had broken out. Most of the giant men were killed or captured. When the village women approached the young lady with the dreadful news, they could not bear to disturb her from her peaceful sleep, and left her as she was. To this day Susitna, the sleeping lady, lies there dreaming of the moment her beloved will return to her side and peace once again rules the land.

  • Legend compiled from the stories of Nancy Lesh and Ann Dixon.
  • Photo taken on August 17, 2013 at 10 pm from Bootleggers Cove, downtown Anchorage, Alaska.

Todd Salat


Photo Info

Bootleggers Cove
Nikon D800E with Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
1/125 sec, ƒ/10, ISO 800

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