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My Alaska

Alaskan Chinooks

The usual winter storms have settled in over Alaska. For as long as I can remember, it seemed like we always got our first snow (that stuck around) on Halloween. It would be cold for November, and then the Alaskan chinooks blew in and you never knew if we’d have snow for Christmas.   Chinook … Continue reading »

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Interviewing an Old Alaskan

After talking to my grandfather about growing up on a Pennsylvania farm from 1922 until 1950, I switched to interviewing an old Alaskan. After Grandpa and Grandma married in 1949, Grandpa moved to Alaska in the spring of 1950, looking for work. He left during the winter of ’50/’51 and returned for good in 1952.   … Continue reading »

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Book Review: Winds of Skilak

I love reading books about homesteaders and sourdoughs in Alaska from days gone by. Winds of Skilak is one of those books. I was recently approached by the author, Bonnie Rose Ward, who asked me if I would like to do a review on her book about her life as an Alaskan homesteader. I jumped … Continue reading »

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Foraging for Wild Berries

The hubby and I took the new boat out of Whittier again this weekend. We headed out with some family members in their boats. All three boats ended up having engine issues, which turned it into a long and rather stressful weekend. But I came home happy after foraging for wild berries!   We spent the … Continue reading »

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Boating Around Whittier Alaska

As many of you know, the hubby and I bought a boat.  A beautiful (even though it’s used!) 24′ Bayliner currently christened the “Sea Weasel.” Sea weasel is an Alaskan nickname for sea otters. We took it out of Whittier Alaska for the first time this last weekend. We did a lot of exploring and just … Continue reading »

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Wildfire Safety and Preparation Tips

Some of you may have heard already that Alaska is once again on fire. After the Funny River Fire that burned over 150,000 acres last summer, the Sockeye Fire is quickly taking over Willow, Alaska, and the surrounding communities. It burned over 6000 acres in less than 24 hours. (8500 acres as of 9:30 pm … Continue reading »

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Colony Days in Palmer Alaska 2015

This weekend is Colony Days in Palmer Alaska 2015. It’s a weekend of fun and history that celebrates the colonists who came to Alaska in 1935. This year marks 80 years! Thanks to the Great Depression, 202 colonist families were sent to Alaska as part of the New Deal setup by FDR in 1935. Each … Continue reading »

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30 Free Summer Activities in Alaska

Who doesn’t like free? A trip to Alaska from another country or the Lower 48 can get expensive fast. So I’ve put together a list of 30 Free Summer Activities in Alaska! Tourist season is traditionally May 15 to September 15. A lot of things that are closed for the winter in Alaska are open … Continue reading »

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Springtime in Alaska

The hubby and I took a drive north the other day. It was a gorgeous day and we found snow! Ya know, typical springtime in Alaska. 🙂 Our drive took us up past the Matanuska Glacier (about an hour north of the city of Palmer). In the summer, you can actually walk right out onto … Continue reading »

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A Night at The Johnson House Cabin

I got to stay at the most beautiful place last night. The Johnson House Cabin. Waking up to a glorious red sunrise over the glacier, isn’t that everyone’s dream vacation? The Cabin is a perfect getaway for a single person or a couple. (Can you say dream honeymoon spot?) This is off-the-grid, Alaskan “glamping” at it’s … Continue reading »

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