Chaga

A Gift from the Boreal Forest In Japan, chaga is referred to as the “Diamond of the Forest,” in China as “A Gift from God” or the “King of Herbs.” Another term for chaga found in my collection of books on Alaska, is cinder conk. The Russians/Siberians have been using...

Climbing Denali in January

Arctic explorer Dupre makes history with his solo summit Featured in the July 2015 issue of Last Frontier Magazine. Lonnie Dupre, at 53 years of age, made mountaineering history earlier this year when he summited Mt. McKinley—known by Alaskans as Denali—by himself in...

100 Days in Denali

Honoring the centennial of Denali National Park Prior to visiting Denali for the first time on my honeymoon in 2011, I didn’t realize how elusive a mountain can be! My husband Josh and I were fortunate to not only see the mountain and abundant wildlife, but to...

Fishing and Exploring Wood-Tikchik

Caretaking at America’s largest State Park He hovers, he hovers, he swoops, he dives, then misses his prey in the sparkling, clear waters. He hovers, he hovers, his talons are extended, and his wings beat the drum of the osprey hunt. He dives and snatches a...

On the Edge of Life

Four Days Exploring Kachemak Bay with Dave and Peter Not every story abounds with drama involving the conflicts of a villain, beauty, and beast. Just as, in Alaska, not all adventures end in near-death experiences, though one could argue that entering the wilderness...

“It’s Not a Quick Trip to Paradise”

Off the Grid in Southeast Alaska “Don’t be scared to walk alone. Don’t be scared to like it.” I had been carrying this quote in my head for several weeks. I was finally traveling to Alaska to visit my youngest son who works at a remote fishing and hunting lodge in...

Pin It on Pinterest