I have been an outdoor sportsman all my life… archery, fly fishing, snow machine, dirt bike, jet ski, skiing, snow boarding, wake boarding to name a few.
Now I find it hard to do any other sport, except flying paragliders, weather motor flying or free flying. I tell everyone the same thing….”You have not lived until you have flown” and I don’t mean sitting in a plane, but rather being the plane.
The most exciting thing I ever did was mountain climbing. A forty-six year old Spenard bar owner that had smoked for fifteen years and never climbed anything but a bar stool was not exactly a prime candidate for challenging some of the world’s most famous peaks.
But in 1993, at age fifty, I had managed to summit the highest peak on six of the seven continents.
Father Norman Elliott, a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, put seminary school on hold to join the National Guard and then the U.S. Army in 1942.
Now nearly 94-years-old, Elliott recalls living in Michigan at age 22 when the war broke out and the calling he felt to defend his country.
During my sophomore year at Anchorage High School, in 1958, I sat first chair first trumpet in the band, as well as playing first trumpet in the high school orchestra and playing in the the Anchorage Little Symphony.
In my mind, and certainly in the opinion of my trumpet teacher and most of my friends, I was the best trumpet instrumentalist in the state.
Day in and day out, the drivers of the University of Alaska Anchorage shuttle carry hundreds of students to and from classes, driving the same 2.5 miles of road. What led these drivers to UAA? How do they deal with the monotony?
One such driver, Melissa Homa, can provide some insight.
What does it mean to enjoy reading? When do you get the curiosity to read Sunday book reviews, or re-read that classic you breezed through in high school?
I know what it’s like to be that kid who finds reading an insurmountable task. In third grade my parents must have been told I couldn’t read because cartons of books began appearing in my bedroom. My cousin Joan Heilbroner began writing stories for Random House Beginner Books in the early sixties.
I headed down to Homer, Alaska for the day in hopes to score some surf. Unfortunately the wind was howling and the shore break was a sloppy mess.
Once the sun started going down, I got a call from Mike McCune. He told me he might know where some waves are. He took me to a local secret spot off the beaten path but only a short hike down from the road.
Some friends and I began fly fishing for trout and bowhunting for birds in Southcentral Alaska this winter. This was the first time they have done something like this in the winter, and they decided to make a film about it.
This film is about subsistence and the power of just being outdoors.
Coastal Governance is an informative, yet sensible book about coming to terms with overcrowded coastal communities and depleted off-shore fishing banks.
The author, Richard Burroughs isn’t preachy, commenting that “incorporating the needs of individuals for seafood and livelihoods while respecting the biological limits of coastal waters form the core of the ecosystem-based management challenge for the fisheries.”
Paul Shirey is an Army infantry veteran living in Eagle River, Alaska who was inspired to join the Army after 9/11 and did tours in Afghanistan and Iraq.
In this compelling and honest Veteran Spotlight interview, Paul recounts his experiences while serving with the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division based at Fort Richardson.
When I first started my blog almost two years ago, I had a certain idea about what food I wanted to write about. I wanted to talk about the food I love to cook, and the food I love to eat.
But there are some things I LOVE to eat, but I just don’t think about as “recipes.”
One of the benefits of living in a very rural area like I do is that there is very limited light pollution. The moon and the stars can really light up the night, and the Northern Lights are much more visible when they decide to make an appearance.
Winter in Alaska may be cold, but in so many ways, it’s the most beautiful time of year.
I can’t let another holiday season pass by without writing about my favorite vegetable dish in the whole world. Roasty, toasty Brussels sprouts. The most wonderful veggie preparation of them all.
If you’ve tried Brussels sprouts (named after the city that made them popular) and think you hate them, you don’t.