Archive of: Mountain Echoes

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Christmas in Alaska at 30 below  December Issue 4 2011

Christmas in Alaska at 30 below

At mid-day the sun hung wearily above the southern horizon, casting an orange-red glow across the frozen, snow-covered lake.

Tactical shopper performs surgical strikes December Issue 3 2011

Tactical shopper performs surgical strikes

To balance last week’s column on Black Friday “shopper-hunters,” we continue this week with a primer on how to strategize and implement tactical Christmas shopping...

Phone-mail 2011—a telephone odyssey December Issue 1 2011

Phone-mail 2011—a telephone odyssey

I guess we have to face it.

And then there was wind… November Issue 4 2011

And then there was wind…

The recent wind storm summoned memories of my childhood in Seward...

Can air travel get any worse? November Issue 3 2011

Can air travel get any worse?

One thing I like about human beings is that we’re mostly optimists who believe things will get better. But when it comes to air travel, I don’t think so.

Never take Alaska for granted November Issue 2 2011

Never take Alaska for granted

I’m probably preaching to the choir, because when I recently asked several people where they would like to live if they could live anywhere in the world, most of them quickly responded: “Alaska.”

Winter is only three months long November Issue 1 2011

Winter is only three months long

This piece has appeared in the Star before, but I think it merits an encore in that it’s relevant to our physical and mental health.

Spare me from the dentist’s chair October Issue 4 2011

Spare me from the dentist’s chair

In the movies when the bad-guy torturer gets out the dentist drill to extract information from his captive, I have to look away.

Savoring autumn before the whiteness comes October Issue 3 2011

Savoring autumn before the whiteness comes

The air was crisp and cold as I biked along the Eklutna Lakeside trail, savoring the very last moments of autumn.

We have soaring music to match our majestic mountains October Issue 1 2011

We have soaring music to match our majestic mountains

On September 23, I was hiking with a friend from the season of autumn to winter in the mountains above Eklutna Lake