Paul Rachael McAuffe, the son of Noah and Dorthy continues the saga of his family as told in his fathers old manuscript of “Skipping Rock”. Born and raised in the Brooks Range of Alaska, Paul tells tales of a life filled with arctic adventure, spirits, family, faith and flying.
Born in 1935, Paul handed his father his business card at age 13. “McAuffe Aviation, Paul Rachael McAuffe proprietor”. As an adult, Paul delights in telling tales and writing of his adventures. It’s the simple things that seem to delight him the most. Winter quiet, the chugging of his wood stove, watching the swirling coffee grounds as they boil and his ever faithful Piper Cub.
Crusty at times and prayerful at others, his life is filled with the ever present family spirits of old. Rachael, the woman in the red blanket, Spirit and Broken Eye the dogs, and many native people. Times of stress bring him to prayer. Times of quiet bring him to thankfulness.
With Dakota his wife and flying partner, Ladonna his daughter, Joe and Dave his sons as well as his adopted Lakota children, Paul is fulfilled. He is constantly trying to figure out how to get even with Ian, his back slapping friend. He delights in his relationship with Fr Paddy, his mother’s partner on the trail. Paul’s connection with Vernon White Wolf, brings the past to the present.