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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 ...

Seward, AK: Alaska Starts Here

A few weeks back, I made the grand declaration that I wanted to become an expert on Alaska. It's a big goal, considering the size and road system limitations of the state. And trying to pack it all into one summer, the only time of year that long road trips are feasible here, makes it extra crazy. But here's the deal: I'm ...

Wild Alaska, Conserved

In Alaska, there is rain. And not rain like you all have in the continental US. Not rain that sweeps through with a ferocious thunder and lightning display, crashing down in buckets and then dissipating into soft sunlight. The rain here is passive, dully drizzling for hours, days, and weeks on end, until you forget that ...

Are We Ever Really Experts?

Are we ever really experts? Short answer: No. So now you can skip the rest of this blog post, since you're an expert on whether or not any of us is an expert. You big smarty-pants, you. I began to wonder on this question after visiting with a friend a while back. She told me about her adventures around Alaska, ...

Day Hikes From Anchorage

When people come to Alaska, it's usually for the natural beauty of the state. Although most fly into Anchorage for a day or two, they quickly want to get out into the real Alaska to explore. Nobody comes here so that they can stare at the chain restaurants and under-funded government buildings. My hometown is little more ...