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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 ...

Managing Depression While Traveling

That title can't be right, can it? No, the word "depression" doesn't belong in the same sentence with the word "travel." If Pinterest is to be believed, and I'm 100% sure it is, then travel is a magical potion that fixes things like anxiety and depression and causes you to live in a perpetual state of bleach-blond skinny ...

Planning A Trip As A Couple

Since our engagement last month, The Fiance and I have thrown ourselves full-force into the honeymoon planning stages. Of course, being that it's still winter here, our sights are set on tropical places. I've bought bathing suits and we've pooled together our airline miles to bring a trip onto the horizon. Aside from ...

My Top Travel Mistakes Part 3

In the final installment of this series (read the last one here), I’m going to give you the absolute best piece of advice I ever learned on the road. Ever. In the history of my whole travels. You ready for it? Be flexible. That sounds like a bunch of common sense, but when you’re young and dumb and ...