and Martin Freed
have had a number of careers including faculty appointments at various colleges, entrepreneurs, trapping and collecting wild herbs in Vermont and Alaska and outdoors and conservation writers and photographers.
Ms. Vaskys has a BS in Occupational Therapy and a masters in counseling. She has worked in both fields and has been a professional commercial artist. She studied at the Maryland Institute of Art, the Richmond Professional Institute and did her graduate study at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
Mr. Freed taught geology, chemistry, oceanography and mathematics at a number of colleges and universities. He graduated from Coastal Carolina with a BS and did his graduate work at the University of Alaska in physical oceanography.
Before going to graduate school the couple built a cabin in the Green Mountains of Vermont and lived without electricity or running water for a number of years.
After graduate school, Martin and Ruta made Alaska their home. In 1988 they bought another home on the Eastern Shore Virginia and currently have residences in Fairbanks, AK and in Quinby, VA. They split the year between the two.
They started writing outdoor articles in the mid 1980s and have sold articles to many regional as well national publications. Some of these are: Fur, Fish and Game, Easy Street, the Eastern Shore News, Maryland Life, The Mid-Atlantic Fisherman, What¿s Up Annapolis, Shotgun Magazine, The Chesapeake Angler, The Salisbury (MD) Times, Alaska, Fish Alaska, Game and Fish
and many others. Both are members of the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA.)
The couple's first book Fishing Virginia
was released in the Spring of 2007.
The couple met on top of Mount Abraham in Vermont in 1976 and have been climbing mountains together ever since.