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...

“Goodbye, Little Cabin”

All good things must come to an end After living in Alaska as a young man in the military, my dream was to return someday. That dream became a reality when I moved my family to Alaska in September 1971, to accept a job about 20 miles east of Fairbanks at Eielson Air...

Taking A Drive

To the End of the Road in 1948 I’m not sure why the mind wanders so much to the past when you age, but it does. The older I get the easier it seems to remember what happened decades ago and the harder it is to remember what happened yesterday! My friend Paki came by...

Our Survival Story – Part I

Standed, alone, and fighting for survival on Monahan Flats My Name is Vivian (Cotter) Mayo, and with my husband, Scott, I reside in Cantwell, Alaska, where we’ve lived, loved, and nearly frozen to death—this is our survival story. First, I should lay some groundwork...

Cross-Country Ski Adventure to Whittier

Excerpt from the book “A Normal Life“ Looking back, I see many ways I might have died exploring Alaska’s vast wilderness. I knew some people who did. Somehow, my friends and I survived, although given some of the risks we took, we were lucky. One overnight winter...

Hack! Pack! Crack! Stack!

Wasilla homesteaders keeping warm in winter For most poor homesteaders near Wasilla in the early 1950s there was only one way to keep warm in the wintertime: burn wood. It was hard work. Wood had to be cut, hauled from the woods, split and stacked. Hack! Pack! Crack!...

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