Month: November 2014

Underneath the Cottonwood Tree – Part III

When I left you last month my family was experiencing a terrible storm with 100 mile per hour winds, 30 to 40 below zero temperatures, no electricity, no oil for heat, the road closed, water frozen, my dad with multiple sclerosis was too cold to get out of […]

Photo by Devon Stevenson

My 34 Hour Caribou

It was supposed to be nothing more than a scouting trip. My wife and two-year old son were headed out of town on a plane to attend a funeral. The unexpected loss of a family member in the Lower 48 meant that the hunting trip I’d been planning […]

Photo by Chuck Heath, Jr.

Slaying Kenai Silvers

With nothing but the sound of slow moving river water lapping at the sides of our securely anchored boat, I found myself beginning to nod off. In a heartbeat, that all changed. “Watch your rod tip!” our guide Jimmie exclaimed. Instinctively, I reached to pull the rod from […]


By Gerrit “Heinie” Snider, Illustrations by Jane Hafling From his book “So Was Alaska” published in 1961 I met these partners for the first time when he was working as a section foreman at Wasilla and I held the same job on the Pittman section. He had given […]

Constitution Hall – “A Safe Haven for The Alaska Constitutional Convention”

The University of Alaska began its life as the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines in 1922. Located just outside Fairbanks, the campus grew in fits and spurts during most of its early years. Ernest Patty’s tenure as university president from 1953 to 1960 was one of […]

Monster in the Closet

Having only just moved there, I longed to learn about my new hometown and create a few friendships. I attended every lecture, mixer, and meet-up. I was at networking events for programmers despite having only a vague familiarity with the term, ‘reboot.’ I was a member of a […]

Sweet Chalet – Alaska’s Premier Chocolatier

Though I’ve met many people who call themselves a “chocolate person,” I recently met someone who, by definition, is exactly that. Ingrid Shim, owner of Sweet Chalet in Anchorage, Alaska, is a chocolatier. She has devoted her life to the art and science of creating desserts and treats […]

On the River -Yukon River Adventures – Part II

Last month in the story, “Launching a Dream,” I described the events leading up to the beginning of my journey drifting down the Yukon River with my boat companions Robin, Kathy, Eliot, and Clare in the summer of 1980. Below, the story continues from the waters of Lake […]


A friend of mine once told me he’s never ready to give up the current season before the next one begins. I find this statement to be true—especially in November. Days are shorter and the weather is temperamental and unpredictable. Not wanting to lose out on an opportunity […]

Buttermilk Pancakes with Blueberry Sauce

This recipe is dedicated to my grandmother who taught me the blessings of the abundance of wild foods waiting to be foraged and enjoyed. The berries in this recipe were hand picked from the beautiful Hatcher Pass. They are a mixture of high bush and lowbush blueberries as […]

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