Alaska: The Bucket List

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Seeing National Park Highlights on a Cruise of Alaska’s Inside Passage

“Look there, in the top of that tree,” our raft guide whispered, pointing to a massive cottonwood tree near the river’s edge. Eight bodies in the raft with me turned and squinted, followed almost immediately by emitting a series of ooohs and Read More

Glacier hiking in Alaska

Glacier Hiking in Alaska’s Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

I’m no stranger to ice and snow. I’ve lived all my life in the Upper Midwest. But walking up a 60-degree slope of sheer ice? Well, that’s just something we don’t do in Michigan. Yet here I was, strapping crampons on my feet and making my way Read More

Aurora Borealis, photo courtesy of Jill Browne

Chasing the Aurora Borealis in Bettles, Alaska

Deep in a sound sleep, I am awakened by footsteps running through the corridors outside and the urgent sound of doors slamming open. “Get up everyone! Everyone, outside!” Groggily, I look at my watch: 3 a.m. I roll over, not quite in the land of Read More

An entry in the multi-block competition

Ice Sculpting at Alaska’s World Ice Art Competition

They told us to start simple, but nothing seems quite simple enough. Along with a fellow journalist, I am participating in the non-competitive, open, amateur division of the World Ice Art competition in Fairbanks, Alaska. This is as close I've ever Read More

Brook's Range

Flight-seeing Over Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska

The bush plane is tiny, just two rows of seats, sized for people who like each other a lot. It's equipped with winter survival equipment, and before we take off, we get instructions on using the emergency radio and the survival gear. I know that Read More