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...

Flying, Oysters and a Day at the Spa

Enjoying some of Alaska’s finest establishments As summer comes to an end and fall is upon us, Alaskans are busy working, playing and preparing for winter. We try and get as much out of the warm weather season as possible. So when Knik River Lodge and Tanalian...

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