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Local’s Spotlight: Chugiak Cafe (For Bloom and Bounty)

Blink, and you'll miss it. Like so many places in this small town, it emerges from behind the trees as you pass by, and then it's gone. It took a friend to point it out to me before I realized that it was a restaurant, and not simply someone's house. In a way, that's the first test. The Chugiak Cafe has limited parking ...

Photos From Rural Montana

It's been a few weeks since our return from our three-state trip. Since we touched down in Anchorage, I've found my mind drifting back to our short time spent in some of the rural areas of Montana. I've tried to sit down and write posts about it, attempting to put adjectives and nouns to the beauty of the place. But every ...

How To Travel Happy In The Heat

Growing up, my dad always told me that if your happiness depends on the weather, then Alaska is not the place for you. It's a bit coincidental that he ended up with a daughter whose happiness is so closely tied to the weather that she often has to plan her life around getting through the Alaskan winters without having a ...

Red Rock Canyon and Why We Travel

Sometimes, when I'm traveling, I have this moment. I'd call it a moment of clarity, but that makes me sound like I'm high on shrooms. It's more like a few minutes of total peace and contentment. During this time, I'm not thinking about bills or homework or how many calories were in that jumbo slice of pizza I ate for ...

My Biggest Mistakes While Flying

Earlier this year, I made a series of posts about my Top Travel Mistakes. Among them, I counted not taking rest days, being afraid of hostels, and other silly things. But as I switched boarded my plane in Seattle the other day, I suddenly realized that I've never written about my flying mistakes. And trust me, there are ...

The Mine At The Top Of The Mountain

There is nothing more Alaskan than gold. In 1886, we struck gold in Southeast Alaska, and thus began one of the most important contributors to the state's development. By 1906, the rush was in full swing, and Robert Lee Hatcher wasn't about to miss out. Moving northward, he struck gold in the Willow Creek Valley. Large ...

Honky Tonkin’ In Hope, AK

I've always wanted to be one of those people who said, "I'm going to see my friend's band play this weekend." It just seemed like the coolest thing, to casually toss out there that you knew someone in a band. I waited my whole life to be able to say it. And a few weeks ago, I finally got my chance. "My friend's band is ...