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...

The Good Old Days

Fun times at the old Palmer School As told to Pete Hjellen by Sheila (Postishek) Christenson I‘m sure there are many stories that will go untold surrounding the old Palmer school. But by chance, one of those stories, relating to my brother, Gary Hjellen, recently came...

Fleas, Refrigerators and Fur Fish

Alaskan humor at its best On April 1, 1987, an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 had a mid-air collision with a fish. That’s right, a fish. Alaskans did more than a double-take—and a double-read—because, after all, it happened on April Fool’s Day. Did it really happen? Yes,...

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...

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