Channel: Life with Sue
Meet Sue Aikens - a tough-as-nails woman who in an isolated camp up north amongst the wilderness.
I have been watching your adventures a few years.In my book you are the women of the year.How you survive all these years is God blessing to you.May you continue good health..good luck.And I would consider meeting you an honor if that was all possible..You take care....
And there she is. My twin. Nice to know there is someone out there just like me.
I'm about to become homeless due to my parents selling the house they built for the ex hub and the kids and me in 93. 21 yrs and I got no where to go. Been wanting to live in isolation for 40 yrs now. Can't stand society. I guess I'm gonna start by pitching my tent and living somewhere with 2 cats. Then I'm gonna wander until I find a spot to live breathe and work hard for myself and not the damn man. Love your attitude and the way you handle things. I have literally been throwing up and haven't slept or eaten in 5 days due to getting a letter saying they r gonna give me 600 a month from SSD. I don't need their damn money. I just want the hell out of here. I want quiet,I want to survive. And I want to live my way. I hunt,fish,and build stuff.And I am tougher than most guys. I also have compassion for animals and even the ones I hunt. for food.I was born in the wrong era, for sure. And I have known this since I was 5. I hope to achieve my goal of being left alone to survive with my own homemade roof over my head. Thanks for showing your life to us. Just gives me more inspiration to know there is someone else who is just like me.
Beautiful sense of humor. How often does one bathe in that cold and your lungs sound shot. Smoking many years?
Well. I was finally able to do it...join Nat Geo. Two hours of trying just so I could connect with you, Sue. My initial note obviously did not go through, so I will say again, but probably not so eloquently. At 3 am this morning, not being able to sleep, my mind wandered to you and the others in the far north, and I mulled about the idea and the fact that time does not have the same meaning as it does down here. I thought of all the things I would like to say to you if we could meet or talk. I decided to check on line to see if there was anything "on you", and lo and behold, the mother lode. Wow...and I thought I was the only one enthralled with you! I, too, would just like to hang out, drink some wine and have a smoke...I like you immensely. You are very real, and definitely to be admired. I guess, now that everyone else has said everything I wanted to, I will just thank you for sharing your experiences with us. We think about you. We care about you, and knowing about you enhances our lives. All the very best. I await the next episode.
Hello Sue...and everyone else! I live in Florida and cant get enough of your show! The last thing on my Bucket list is to go to Alaska 1 x to mush a sled team.... or just hang out with you....Sue!
I'm curious. If you own the now, why can't you construct a permanent shelter.? Wouldn't someone be liable then if something did happen to you? Or the guests that come to visit? Living In hot Texas, all that cold and snow looks so good..I wish I could come and visit. I love to watch the show. Sadly, it is way too short. LOL
I live on the Oregon Coast! I have been watching you and I have a deep respect for you! You are an example of a woman that has gone out and done what she wants to do without all of the tethers that many women feel they have. You have inspired me! Not that I would ever want to do what you are doing ( I hate being cold) but I have my own things that are weird to most people that I want to do! A visit to Kavik is now on my list of things to do! If I visit the website for Kavik camp, would I find all the info I need to visit?
I love that you smoke a cigar sometimes!
I was just wondering how you afford to live there,, with 20,000 oil bills and that atv had to cost a lot... you don't really make money,,, so I was just wondering.. hope its not offensive to you cause I really admire you.. you a tough ole bird..lol
I've never known such a strong, and courageous woman like you. Where does that strength come from? I have been watching the show from the first episode. I've never missed one. At first I didn't know what to make of you. Now, I genuinely think you are funny as hell, and right on cue. It must take an UN-ordinary amount of humor to live where you do. I have an extreme fear of Grizzlies, I don't know why, since I live in Illinois. That scene when you said" one cough, predator to pray," I was frozen with fear, for you. You faced that grizzly bear and conquered that fear, like nobody's business. You are a good role model for me, and other women too. How did you come to be at Kavik River Camp? I'm not clear about the camps function. When do others join you at the camp? You are by far the most interesting person on the show. I continue to recommend this show to others. I thank you for sharing part of your life with me. Take Care, and pet those foxies for me. I hope you are able to see how many fans you have on this page alone.
Hey Sue, Im in Texas, was 93 degrees here today. LOL...I never miss your show. Im a 51 year old cowboy, and wanted to tell you that you are such an admirable person. You have the strength inside and out that all women should strive to achieve... Keep it up....Take care of yourself.
Hi Sue I'm new here. I love the show but watch it mostly for your segments. I admire you immensely. A few years ago there was a man on tv who's skin had turned totally blue from ingesting silver and recently he died. It scared the hell out of me when I saw you doing it. Have you heard of this person? Have you ever thought about writing your biography? I would love to read about what actually led you to your present situation. Take care.
Do you read these? Dunno. I am guessing you have a camera crew onsite so not so much alone. Must be strange to portray a solitary life with cameras in your face all of the time. It would really be great to see someone that actually needed your services. You are my favorite on the show, but is that all it is, a show?
I keep waiting to see if anyone ever needs you.
I get the show.
They show a single male, a single female, a couple and a family..for diversity.
What I do not get is where are the people you are risking your life for.
I admire the effort, but where are they?
No one ever comes there.
Do you just get money to maintain a useless outpost?
I keep waiting to see who gets saved or uses your place.
No one does.
That would keep my interest.
Not that you don't, but no one ever shows up that needs your help.
Still like watching you though,
Do you ever get anyone visiting the outpost?
They never show that.
I get the cause and all, but no one seems to utilize your efforts.
I live in the Northwoods of Wisconsin and thanks for the coffee grounds and bleach tip, we have black bear unwanted visits. Thanks!
Sue, please bring that poor dog in. She is defenseless on the front porchnot mention cold. I hope some one a least keep you warm and safe in your old age. Husky are though but your old girl is fragile and not able to keep herself warm.
I saw in a previous post that you love to read. Are you able to have a kindle or something similar and download books? Also, what is your favorite book? I can't live without my kindle and read 5 books at the same time. I get bored trying to only read one book at a time.
I love watching you on Life Below Zero. I have always wanted to go to Alaska and now a visit to Kavik River Camp is on my bucket list. My husband thinks I'm crazy, but I am just so fascinated with the way that you live. I know from watching you that you live in a kill or be killed world. I was watching you make your silver water and I remember my parents doing that when I was little and drinking it because we were poor and couldn't afford to get sick and then I saw you doing that and it made me smile. I wish I were half as tough as you. I'm getting ready to have heart surgery and I could use some of that strength. I told my husband though if the hospital doesn't have Life Below Zero I'm not going as I never want to miss an episode. Take care and I look forward to learning more about you.
I wanted to drop you a quick note telling you how much I admire how you're depicted on the show. You have genuine courage girl, to still be out there after the bear attack that you described. And then, the episode where you're hunting for a bear, and say, "one cough-predator to prey", wow gripping emotions there. Some of the personal questions that people have asked you on here are really inappropriate, but you have handled them well. That little Bobcat is sure handy for you, when the drum of unleaded plopped over, and you hopped out and muscled it up, I was impressed with your "Girl Power"! If you ever need somebody to chat with on cold and lonely days, eek61 at yahoo is how you can get in touch with me, I'd look forward starting up a dialogue with you, if you like. Other than that, you take care of yourself out there Sue, and keep warm.
We got in Israel a lot of tough ladies in the army etc. but this lady Sue from Alaska is something real special.
Wanted to find out if you ever lived in Southern California, around 1982? Or worked with a man named Danny Fisher?
good luck next winter. spring is well on it's way. hope the little foxies that live near by are doing well as you.
how much is it to stay in camp? that I would really like to know.
Thank You for opening your world and showing how strong women live. I have a few years on you and live in sunny florida. My way was to drive an 18 wheeler when only men did it. I love being alone and driving kept me sane. Now I just live in the country and don't have a phone and don't use the mailbox. If I choose to interact with others it is thru my computer. I think there are a lot of young women who have watched and I hope they realize that there are many ways to live your life and anyone can go after the life they want. My eyes have aged and I can no longer drive. I rarely leave my acre but my memories of this great USA keep me happy. My regret is that I never went to Alaska. Please keep safe up there and Know I get great pleasure in watching you up there in Alaska.
So glad to see you are back on I really enjoy watching the show and try not to be givnig to much head
because I will miss you to much.
Hi Sue, first time trying to message you. My husband and I have been watching life below zero since it started and you are our favorite one to follow. We do follow everyone on the show but yes you are our favorite. I've had people tell me that i'm the strongest woman they know because fighting cancer twice and then heart problems and other illnesses but watching you on the show and I know i'm not the strongest just a tough old girl that won't go down without a fight just like you. We can't wait for the new season to come on tonight. Do you do any fishing in that part of Alaska?
What is the name of the plant you use for joint discomfort? We watched you picking it on the 3/11/14 show. My husband has RA and his joints are always giving him problems we like to use natural as much as possible. Be careful of the wolves. I admire your strength and comfort with isolation. Be safe.
Sue I love watching you on this show. You are living a dream of mine. Don't get me wrong I know it cant be easy but, I would have loved to try it.. I do hope your health keeps you going strong. Your determination has it going on. I would love to visit you but I also know that is a dream too. We are planning on taking a cruise through Alaska this summer. It will be towards the end of August, I am looking forward to that. Gods speed Sue and I will be watching.. :)
Hey Sue, how's things? I was wondering if you were ok, or maybe you had given up the artic and gone to Florida...hahaha. I had sent you a couple emails and hadn't heard back....I know, like I'm the only one who emails you. ; ) I loved the video here, too damn funny "Gave the bear a little head", sounds like somethin' I'd say. Well hope you are doing well, and should you happen to find that email feel free to laugh or use it to fall asleep by. Take care
My boyfriend and I just love this show. We been thinking about moving out to Alaska our self's or at least visiting. We were just wondering how much do you charge for you bed breakfast?
My boyfriend and I just love your show. We are wanting to move to Alaska or at least visit. I was just wondering How much do you charge to stay at your bed and breast fast?
Sue, we enjoy your part of this show so MUCH! My fiancé is from Wisconsin, has a secluded place in the forest we're thinking of moving to. He really respects your resilience, and I'm learning a lot as well!
Stay healthy - Oh, I must have missed something, what surgery did you have? I miss seeing the shows right now, but we'll be heading south to fish soon, and then up north next spring, God willing!
Blessings to you! Nice to "meet" you, even if it is just online!
I love Sue's free spirit. As my husband and i were watching last night we talked about how she don't get too stressed and takes everything bad that happens all in stride. Even though I know I couldn't live like her, I would love to live a less stress free environment. She is one great person who would teach me alot about life. What a great person. :)
You wouldn't enjoy reading or music much in a cabin without food, water or firewood. Our winter days are dark and long and really enjoyed after you take care of the basics. I live 100 miles from a grocery store, if I don't buy it and store it, likely I won't have it. Food costs the earth here and everyone takes advantage of what you can harvest from nature. Great way of life. Sue has the camp open in the summer so she has lots of company. I am sure that she is ready for the tourists to leave by the end of the summer, most Alaskans are because of the crowds and questions. Sue is like most alaskan, a little odd and proud of it.
One other thing - it seems as thought everyone is consumed with hunting food and making sure there is enough fire wood for heat. Doesn't anyone have an interest in reading a book, listening to music, doing anything but exist in mere survival mode?
I just discovered this television program. We were in Alaska this summer and I am totally fascinated by the people who are show-cased in this program. Sue is very bright - as well as a bit eccentric. She pretty much tells it as it is - no sugar-coating. This little clip does her a disservice. Her little giggle seems very creepy. This is not at all how I perceive her. I'm curious as to how much she relies on her computer for human contact. Is she one of these nerd-types who cannot function in real life, using social media for make-believe friendships? Or - does she eschew human contact even over the internet? What drove her to the Arctic? Why does she not seem to have much of an urge to be with her family and grand-children? Just curious. I think she's the most interesting person on the show!!!
@susan simon I agree with you 100%! I haven't seen the dog in the past couple of episodes so I hope there is nothing wrong with her - or worse! Surely Sue wouldn't be so cruel to leave her out - I thought Sue got her for companionship....don't throw your companion to the "wolves"!
@rich flemming What do you do for sex, rich? DVD or Internet?
@Connee CollinsThat was a family member named Rick. The family was concerned for me as it was the first season after my surgery :)
@Deloris WoodardI am not allowed to live in a permanent structure
@Leah almelehYou are concerned with food and safety, but I dont recall saying or showing that I am a Neanderthal out of touch with music and such. In fact I love Opera and read voraciously. You take care of absolute needs first so you CAN enjoy the simpler exotic pleasure life offers. :)
@Leah almeleh NERDS LIKE YOU MOST LIKELY DROVE HER TO THE ARCTIC.
@Leah almelehThank you. It may be my laugh is creepy, but it is all mine lol. I have done well in society, but am happy alone and doing what I do. My urges to be with, or be in contact with my family, children and grandchildren are my private business and thus not spotlighted. The show does indeed highlight the dangers and worries, but the laughter and smiles and flower picking that you dont see happen as well. Thank you for such a nice post, and your interest. I like trying to answer questions when I see them!
@Susan Aikens Why aren't you allowed to live in a permanent structure? By the way, I love the show - you are absolutely my favorite - I wish the whole show was about you and your life.