Denali, In All Her Glory

For more than 20 years Denali has loomed over me and I’ve felt a sense of pride from living near North America’s tallest peak. However, Denali always seemed like an attraction for non-residents, so I’d done little more than admire it from a distance while driving to...

Booty Road Part II

Walking the Iditarod Trail, the long journey to Nome As you may recall from the first part of my story , I was walking to Nome following the Iditarod Trail with a goal to raise money for a friend who was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Richard Redford didn’t have...

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...

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