The East homestead at Quiet Lake lies a half mile from the Kahiltna River in Alaska’s vast Susitna Valley. The river flows from the Kahiltna Glacier on the south flank of Denali, North America’s highest peak.
For years, gold miners have staked claims along the Kahiltna River hoping to make their fortune. Dulce and Michael’s birch syrup is their “Kahiltna Gold”. “Kahiltna” is an Athabascan word meaning roughly “from the source”. This source refers to Denali, also an Athabascan word, meaning “the great one”.