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My Alaska

7 Romantic Alaskan Getaways

Sometimes life gets a bit stressful and you just need to get away for a bit. Stay-cations are a great way to relax and reset. Not only is this a great list for Alaskans to get out and see more of their great State, but its great for those visiting from far away too! Check out … Continue reading »

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Alaska Books – Fiction and Non-Fiction

I’ve been on a reading kick lately (when I’m not frantically trying to get all the spring chores done). I haven’t so much been in the mood to write, just read – anything and everything I can get my hands on. Between the fiction and non-fiction book reviews to bringing home stacks of books from … Continue reading »

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Knik Glacier Alaska

When the sun finally comes out and it’s a beautiful weekend, you take a break from the to-do list, grab some family members, and head for the Knik Glacier Alaska! Thanks to the most recent chinook, there wasn’t really any snow, so we drove four-wheelers and side-by-sides. It was a beautiful day!   It was … Continue reading »

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The Importance of Self-Sufficiency in Alaska

At any given time, the State of Alaska has enough food in it’s borders to last it’s residents five to seven days.One week at the most. That’s not much. According to the Port of Anchorage Alaska’s website, “An estimated 90% of the merchandise goods for 85% of Alaska’s populated areas pass through our facilities. This … Continue reading »

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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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