Category: Life in Alaska

The Worst Hunter in Alaska

To all of my rabid fans of the ridiculously mundane, here is the epic novel of how this poor northern Minnesota boy became the worst hunter in Alaska. I began reading at a very early age because my mother constantly read to my sister and me. By the […]

Spenard: Then and Now

Spenard: Then and Now by Victoria Petersen How Anchorage’s disreputable playground became a hub for hipsters and artists. Between Downtown, Midtown and Turnagain, the Spenard neighborhood is and has always been a unique part of Anchorage, built for the people. THEN Joe Spenard, a Canadian-born entrepreneur, came to […]

Experience Talkeetna in Winter with lodge and bar in background.

Getting Out and Experiencing Talkeetna in Winter

Alaskan winters are long and cold, so I’m always looking for new ways to make the season fun and exciting. I contacted the Alaska Railroad to find out about their winter schedule, and learned that the Aurora winter train runs on the weekends. It starts out on Saturday […]

Becoming An Outdoor Woman

Where can you learn how to ice fish, cast a fly, shoot clay pigeons, target shoot with a bow, ski down a hill, skin a black bear, or drive a dogsled all in one weekend? The annual Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Winter Workshop, of course. This year’s winter […]

For the Past and for the Future

When the citizens of Hoonah, Alaska, and surrounding Southeast communities arrived at Bartlett Cove in Glacier Bay National Park during the morning of August 25th, 2016, it was a homecoming over 250 years in the making. The powerful events of the day were the culmination of nearly two […]

Cabin Fever

When I was young my family lived for several years in a little cabin near Big Lake, and at the same time my father built another cabin out in the woods, up north and out of town, where we would go in the summers when school got out. […]

Cold Case McCarthy

On March 9, 1918, two horrific murders took place in the bustling mining town of McCarthy, Alaska. To this day neither crime has been solved. By all accounts very little effort was put forth in trying. The well-publicized case (back then) is rapidly approaching its 100th anniversary, but […]

Marathon

Our main objective on our way to Seward last summer was to climb Mount Marathon. After numerous trips to Seward throughout the years, we decided it was time to tackle the famous route of the annual 4th of July, Mount Marathon Race. The mountain has some horror stories […]

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