Pangaea Adventures Paddles Toward Confidence

Note: A big warm thank you to Pangaea Adventures, most especially guide Emma, for the calm, cool, and most knowledgable three hours I’ve ever spent sitting in a kayak.  In 12 years of Alaska residence, I’ve overcome many of the trepidations about living, working, and playing in the Last Frontier. Bears, for example. And small […]

World Oceans Day 2017: Preserve, protect, honor

This post is in partnership with Dawn as an effort to increase awareness of World Oceans Day. Early morning along an ocean shoreline means a briny auora of seaweed, saltwater, and the never-ending screech of birds looking for a low tide breakfast. Foamy waves sweep along the smooth sand and over barnacle-encrusted rocks for a […]

Across the Bay Tent and Breakfast: Family-friendly and full of fun

Eagles chattered a welcome from the treetops as our boat slowly made its way into the sheltered refuge of Kasitsna Bay. A 30-minute ride across yawing Kachamak Bay from Homer had deposited our party of six onto a rocky, shell-strewn shoreline for a weekend of marine-based fun at Across the Bay Tent and Breakfast Adventure […]

Be Water-Wise Near Alaska’s Rivers and Streams

If you’ve spent any time fishing or boating with your parents, it’s likely you’ve seen how fast and deep our Alaska rivers and streams can be. Grownups are always worried about kids going near the water, and with good reason, since water-related deaths in Alaska are more common than you might think. Being water-wise is […]

Freshwater Fun for Kids: kayaking and canoeing Alaska

This post originally appeared in the the June 20, 2015 edition of the Alaska Dispatch News.  Water in any form is intriguing stuff. Salty, fresh, or frozen, water is a sensory highlight for children, whose curiosity is piqued by the many opportunities for splishing and splashing. In Alaska, many of those experiences center around boats, […]

Facing Fear, Together: Mothers do it all in Alaska

Note: I wrote this piece for the May issue of Alaska Coast magazine, believing that, like a lot of things associated with motherhood, uncomfortable situations come with the territory, starting with the moment kids announce their arrival in this world. AK Kid is growing up, taking every opportunity to fly, run, jump, or in this […]