The Best Skiing of My Life

Fresh Powder, Clean S-Curves, and a Sitzmark or two… A little background on this story: A few years ago, I wandered into one of my favorite bars on a random evening for a burger and a beer after a nice after-work ski. As I sat down and grabbed a menu, a young...

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!...

Whiteout

The risks we took to play Metlakatla basketball in 1971 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...

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 wool or down outdoor clothes,...

Narrow Escape

The most publicized Alaskan picture is without a shadow of a doubt, a sled with a dog team pulling it. It is rather fascinating to sit in a sled and ride over a good trail. Many a Cheechako would give a great deal just to own a dog team as a pleasurable hobby. But...

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