Recreation

Recreation

  •   Because of relentless rain, we’ve been somewhat cheated out of the long-awaited autumn hiking season. But there are still plenty of days remaining, and I’ve got a hunch weather will improve as we move toward October. In past columns, I’ve covered most of the local hiking options, and if you... Read More
  • “Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” William Penn   When we average current male and female expected lifespans in the U.S, 78 years is roughly how long we can expect to live. That gives us 28,470 days, which on the face of it seems quite ample. Even after we subtract... Read More
  • They’re round and blue, juicy and rather tart — and they’re back — our blueberries that we’ve missed for more than two years! I’m no botanist, but on two hikes recently — one up Mt. Gordon Lyon via South Fork and the other up Blacktail Rocks, I found the delicious morsels from 2,000-3,000 feet.... Read More
  • People have asked me, “if for any reason you couldn’t live in Alaska, where would you go?” Without thinking, I quickly list Canada, New Zealand’s southern island, Switzerland, the southern tip of Argentina, Patagonia — in other words, places that look a lot like the 49th state. But over the... Read More
  • This week I’d like to take you on an excursion to a glacier theatre...a theatre of eternal ice...a theatre surrounded by dizzying, snow-encrusted peaks, sheer granite walls, a restless theatre of echos, rumbling avalanches; a pensive, brooding theater of silence...a theatre where time suspends... Read More
  •  “Eight stars of gold on a field of blue, Alaska’s flag may it mean to you…”   The first two lines of the Alaska Flag Song: Bold, evocative, an invitation to listen, to explore. What does the song mean to you? Does it evoke memories about some important chapter of your life, some... Read More
  • I don’t get into arguments over trail use by outdoor recreationists, because I feel there is room in Alaska for everyone — snowmachiners, cross-country skiers, snowshoers, dog sledders, hikers, mountain bikers, etc. It’s not that I believe we shouldn’t have designated areas for non-motorized... Read More