Dating back to my earliest years in Alaska in the 1950s, I believe I innovated a few novel outdoor sports, some of which were later modified and popularized by others. Unfortunately, I never developed or patented any of these sports, nor do I have proof of any kind that I invented them.
I thought there was a slim chance I’d like fat-tire biking. But that first time out, with an extremely patient person, was a rewarding experience.
Veteran aurora borealis chasers like Chugiak’s Jeff Worrell will be first to tell you that while knowledge of the best aurora viewing locations and good equipment are essential in capturing excellent photographs, patience and persistence might be even more important.
About one-fourth of our local news broadcasts are devoted to weather, it seems. And admit it, here in Southcentral Alaska we identify our chief weather celebrity by her first name: “Jackie.” After all, she is a local, and we Alaskans […]
In winter we are on a constant search for light. We wait for the sun to cast its mid-morning glow on the distant mountains, illuminating clouds that huddle around their flanks. Nature’s artist first paints the sky with a golden-copper […]
A connected world: Through the internet, iPhones, social networks, 24–hour cable news, humans are more connected than ever and constantly reminded of the world’s catastrophes. It sometimes makes it hard for us to count our many blessings. Conversely, we are […]
There is a transition period before full-‐on winter, for which I’ve coined an acronym—BSS. Don’t be alarmed. It means Before Skis and Snowshoes. This is the period after the first light snowfall, but before the big dump that on most […]
One day we’re hiking into Hanging Valley-‐-‐ a side valley accessed from the South Fork Valley trail—in a landscape of browns and yellows and reds, the colors of autumn. Overnight, with the first snow of the season, the area is […]