Spoon Carving with Birch

One of my hobbies is woodworking and I especially like to carve wooden spoons out of birch, a great carving wood. Whoever discovered its usefulness should get some sort of plaque or medal. I grew up in an Alaskan birch forest so whenever I handle it, or smell […]

Mendenhall Ice Caves

Thinking about visiting Juneau, Alaska? Almost everyone visits the Mendenhall Glacier just 12 miles from Downtown Juneau.  Over the last few years pictures have circulated on all types of media showing the Mendenhall Glacier Ice Caves.  While beautiful they are also very dangerous.  Often when I am at the […]


  Another massive wave of cold dark water caused our small seine boat to rise up at a precarious angle, only to drop into a deep trough as another wave engulfed us. Ice was forming on the bow, causing even more cold sea water to wash over the […]

Gear Review – 2Toms ButtShield

Gear Review – 2Toms ButtShield A silicon-based liquid designed to prevent chafing, rashes and soars on sensitive areas of our body, or specifically on our butt. When applied it creates a frictionless satin smooth surface that prevents chafing. ButtShield is applied with an easy to use roll-on applicator […]

Iditarod Mystery

Iditarod Mystery June 24, 1999, was a somber date in Alaska history. That’s when the “Father of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race” passed away. My wife and I were fortunate to meet Joe Redington Sr. in the late 1970s. Our neighbor of 35 years, well known artist […]

Sled Dog Mail

Story by Helen Hegener Delivering the mail to Alaska has always presented a formidable challenge to the U.S. Postal Service. Letters, parcels, and supplies from the “Lower 48 states” often took weeks or months to reach their destinations. Steamships transported Alaska bound mail north from Puget Sound in […]

Mendeltna Creek Lodge

When you own your house you get to paint the walls, and fill it with love and experiences that make it a home. So it is when you own a lodge. An Alaskan lodge is an entity comprised of part past, part present, and part … hopefully … […]

Breaking the Iditarod Trail

  The story of breaking trail during the early years of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has long deserved to be told, along with recognition of a few people who made racing through one of the most challenging stretches of the trail possible. The first Iditarod, in […]

Putting Winter On Ice

When I was a homestead kid growing up on the Kenai Peninsula, my sisters and I would tromp a half mile out to a little pond in the middle of a muskeg to go ice skating. Being farm folk who’d moved to Alaska from Ohio, we dressed without […]

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