Sheldon Chalet a Family Vision for Denali

Explorer, photographer, and Alaska Range mapping pioneer Bradford Washburn said it thus:  “It is a sight that one just has to see to understand – the magnificence of Alaska mountain scenery at its best.”  For some who dream of visiting Alaska, the mountains, most notably Denali, are what draws them here. Even though the High […]

Great Gear: MyCharge AdventureUltra a great choice

For all my drum-banging for unplugging the family during outdoor adventures, there is an exception when it comes to certain things. I don’t often review gear, but when MyCharge sent along the AdventureUltra just as we (and some friends) were headed out for a multi-day camping trip, I grabbed the box at the last second […]

Driving the McCarthy Road – Should you?

This is the first in a two-part series about McCarthy and Kennecott adventures with kids for the Alaska Dispatch News. McCarthy Road stories are the stuff of Alaska legend. Chunks of wooden railroad ties rising from a lumpy gravel surface to infiltrate car tires. Metal spikes appearing out of nowhere. Vehicles nearly colliding on single-lane […]

Sailing the Alaska Marine Highway: What you need to know for 2017

The Alaska Marine Highway System is a 3,500-mile route along some of the state’s most scenic coastline, and provides visitors an in-depth approach to adventures in the 49th state. Moreover, it’s a vital link for the rural residents living and working in roadless areas of Alaska, where rocky cliffs or distant shores prohibit passage by […]

Experience Playful Luxury at Stillpoint Lodge

There’s a quote that goes something like this, and it fits Stillpoint Lodge to a T: “The human spirit needs places where Nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man.” I forget who first said these words, but I think about them every time I visit the tiny floating village of Halibut Cove, […]

ALERT: Denali’s Savage River Camping and Hiking Affected by Bear

A sub-adult brown bear in the Savage River area of Denali National Park has learned about humans in the wrong way, resulting in closures in and around this popular area of the park. Last weekend, a hiker was followed, then followed more aggressively, by the young bear, during which time the hiker tossed a backpack […]

Traveling the Alaska Marine Highway Southwest Route: Family worthy?

In choosing to write my second book on the subject of Alaska’s storied and historic Marine Highway System (AMHS), our family accepted the challenge of traveling all four routes identified by the State’s ferry system. From Bellingham, Washington to Juneau we sailed on the Southeast Route; between Juneau and Whittier we jostled along via the […]

National Geographic Live! Plan to attend the Anchorage Speaker Series in 2014-15

As a thoughtful, often-pensive kid, perhaps it was not odd to find me at evening presentations or concerts with my parents. I liked to find the meaningful in the ordinary, and there was something exciting about staying up late, listening to someone introduce me to a new idea or experience. Naturally, then, I jumped at […]

AK Mom’s Annual Zen at Hallo Bay Wilderness Camp

It is, perhaps, a great irony that someplace so full of raw, untouched wildness, life, and death could be the very setting bringing me the most peace. I’m never really sure whether the intense bursts of adrenaline and miles of hiking are the reason behind my serene smile of utter contentment, or if it’s simply […]