The Caretaker

As a young boy I dreamed of living in the wilderness. At about 9 years old, growing up in the remote mountain “Ozarks” of Northern California, I had my own little self-built “log cabin.” In reality it was a rather crude affair, but it was built of logs—hand cut, hand...

Growing Up In Hatcher Pass

Memories of my childhood From the May 2015 issue of Last Frontier Magazine Some might think growing up as the only child in a remote lodge in the Talkeetna Mountains would be a lonely experience—for me, it certainly was not. My childhood home was in the middle of one...

Legends, Ghosts and Heroes

[In the July/August 2018 issue of Last Frontier Magazine, in her story, “Off the Grid,” Teena Findley introduced us to her first trip to Alaska, when she visited her son at a remote lodge in Southeast Alaska. The following story is a continuation of her experience.]...

Fishing With Mike

Nephew takes visiting uncle fishing at Jerome Lake in the 1970s From the day I set foot in the “Last Frontier” I’ve been an avid fisherman. Nothing seemed more relevant. There was one brief period when fishing became unimportant. Unfortunately for my Uncle Noel, he...

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...

Up the Yentna, Skwentna, & Talachulitna

Jet Skiing Adventures Up Alaska’s Rivers I’ve always been a motorcycle guy. Dirt and street bikes provided plenty of excitement. On the other hand, my high school buddy Jeff Thimsen is a biking and boating connoisseur.  At an early age he dreamed of a miniature...

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