The Passage

“The Passage” A Story of Fathers and Sons Traveling Alaska’s Inside Passage About “The Passage” In 1974, Nathan Dappen’s 20-year-old parents and uncle, Andy, built their own canoes, launched them into the Pacific, and became some...

Without a Trace – An Alaska Tragedy

On the east side of Anchorage in the Wonderpark area of town sits a decaying gas station. Time and elements have chiseled away at paint and trim. Vandals have destroyed the showroom windows plus a good portion of the interior. Someone lit a tire on fire in one of the...

Hatcher Pass Explorations

Adventures on the Hatcher Pass hiking trails Note: Be alert when hiking in the Willow Creek Mining District as active mining is still present. Be aware and respectful of private property posted with ‘no trespassing’ signs.  Our family moved from Palmer,...

A Quick Bite of Alaska

A few action packed days “Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not the fish they are after.” -Henry David Thoreau If you’ve never experienced late season fishing and touring in Alaska you are missing out on something really special. Last...

The Master Pilot

Memories of Tallulah Hankins written by her son Michael Hankins Before my mother passed away I promised I’d write her untold story. It tells of a climactic event our family experienced 44 years ago. I was a senior at East Anchorage High School when the incident made...

The Trading Post

A brief history of one of the first Colony buildings If these walls could talk, they would have endless stories to tell. They would tell of love, friendship, struggles and overcoming long winters, and all those unique tales from the early days of Palmer and the Colony...

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