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Porky Bickar and the Mt. Edgecumbe Charade

A Remedy for Cabin Fever

The bases were loaded, the pressure high, as ten year old Hannah stepped up to the plate. The pitcher called his outfield in and she licked her lips as the 6 degree air whipped her hair around her...

Racing to the Extreme

As a youngster growing up in Wasilla I would look at the south face of Mount McKinley and wonder what was on the other side. As an adult I had a chance to find out. I began winter wilderness racing...

Dogs Part 2

Our dog mushing career started without a lot of thought. First, there was our single dog team of, well, Mac. Then Ruby was added for a two-dog team [to hear the beginning of Mac and Ruby's story read ...

Carter Lake

Winter arrives early and stays a little late at Carter Lake on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula. It's a very open area at a higher elevation, up in the Kenai Mountains, but its trailhead is at the base of...

Alaska Gardening

March is really not the traditional time to discuss preparing our gardens for harsh, mild, or simply unpredictable winter weather. Yet, I'm sitting here looking out at a sunny, cold, and blustery...

Porky Bickar and the Mt. Edgecumbe Charade

Throughout the United States, the first day of April is traditionally known as a day of humor and merriment. That's why it's called April Fool's Day. But April 1, 1974 did not start out as a typical...

Don Lyman Pollock, Heart of a Pioneer

My father's memorial service was held on a chilly February afternoon at the Presbyterian Church in Palmer, Alaska. Our church is more commonly known as the Church of a Thousand Trees because of its...

The Goats and Me

It was the year 1916, and after a visit to the San Francisco Fair and getting myself married, the Missus and I came to Anchorage, which was headquarters for the Alaska Engineering Commission which...