Month: December 2014

My Time in Panama

  I was born at the Palmer Hospital on a cold morning in December 1963, and grew up in Chickaloon, Alaska, the grandson of a hunting guide. I spent my summers in the Talkeetna Mountains with my grandfather preparing hunting camps for the upcoming seasons. My father’s father […]

Yukon River Adventure Part III – The Conclusion

Last month in Part II of my Yukon River Adventure I covered a brief history of exploration of the Yukon, while telling of our progress from the headwaters of the river to Eagle, Alaska. Part III will conclude the journey my boat companions, Robin and Kathy, and I […]

An Alaskan Connection

Alex pushed the button. The recorded sign-on began. The skies were dark with no light yet on the horizon. If light were to be seen this day, it would be through a break in the overcast sky. “Eight stars of gold on a field of blue- Alaska’s flag. […]

“Attacked by a Lion, in Alaska”

Some experiences are hard to forget—and this is one of them for me. Keep in mind it happened over 50 years ago, and having grown up in Alaska, like a few fellow Alaskans, I’m a bit of a blowhard. That being said, here’s the story. In the late […]

Cooking Alaskan – A Review by Laura Lowdermilk

November and December, of all the months in the year, are when I am most consumed by food. In the slight lull after Thanksgiving, before the final insane push to Christmas, I normally take time to plan my cooking and baking. Reflecting on what worked or flopped in […]

Whipped Peppermint Brownies

Brownies 1 1/2 cup sugar 1 1/2 sticks butter 2 Tbsp water 2 large eggs 2 tsp vanilla extract 1 1/3 cup flour 3/4 cups cocoa powder 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 1/2 cup chocolate chips Combine melted butter and sugar, add water, mix eggs in […]

Guiding (losing & finding) a Cheechako

When my good friend Ed first called I figured it would be one of our usual bull sessions with a long conversation about nothing in particular. Usually we talk about how many moose we’ve been seeing, if any bears have been around and so forth. I enjoy our […]


Once in awhile, God blesses you with something extra special. On a sunny Friday afternoon at the end of August, my two boys and I stopped by my parent’s house in Wasilla to visit. As we were about to leave, my father took me into his garage and […]

Denali National Park Dog Feed Cache

  Dog mushing has been an important activity in the Denali region since before the establishment of Mount McKinley National Park, now Denali National Park and Preserve. Ahtna Indians indigenous to the area traditionally used dog teams for transport, and when Charles Alexander Sheldon, the father of Denali […]

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