Aria

To My Sister

Little faces and hands pressed against the windows. Their breath forming upon the glass and their grubby hands smearing grime across the window.  Aria, my sweet baby sister they can't seem to wait much longer f...

Laundry: The Less Than “Ideal” Chore

The chair creaked under my weight as I struggled to stay on my toes as I reached for the clothes line. Standing so close to the wood stove and so much closer to the ceiling made the work much harder as the inte...

The Fiery Warmth of Home

The flames gnawed at the small split spruce, my legs curled up under me as sat beside the stove feeding it small pieces. Days when the cold killed the will to be outside and made shivers run over my skin, I spl...

Chimney Sweep

Black flakes rushed out onto the snow, the contrast stern of black and white against the snow was stern. This relationship was ironic since one was a result of fighting the cold embrace of winters snow. We stoo...

Wool: Keeping Toes Warm

My bare feet burned and stung from being cold for too long, the kitchen tile was just to cold to stand. I stood on one foot to allow the other to have a break and my toes began to tingle as feeling was regained...

Long Hair Without Water

The knots in his fine baby hair seemed to create a bird nest and at any moment the dreads would hatch baby birds. Taking a fist full of his hair I tugged at his head with the boar brush only to receive  a cry o...

The Lamps That Light Our Way

As afternoon light slipped into darkness I poured the lamp oil into the glass bowl, I pushed the cotton wick into the bowl to soak up the lamp oil so that it may burn a sturdy flame. I trimmed the wick with sci...

Firewood: It Keeps You Warm Twice

  Two-stroke and the sweet smell of fresh cut birch and spruce permeated the air as branches snapped and trees fell to their knees. Felling trees in the woods Humming, I collected the logs dad cu...

Outdoorsy Vs. Living the Outdoors

My summer sausage smothered with two slices of onion bagel sat atop a stone so I could fill my filtered water bottle in the stagnant puddle on the side of the trail.  Scanning the elevation and the increasing i...
Mountains overlooking the water

A “Dry” Cabin

Water gushed from the faucet into a pink plastic tub and I watched the water level drop within the clear jug. Pulling the jug upright to stop the flow, I washed my face from the light of a flashlight. The meani...

Quest for a Yurt

The young rays of sun stretched over the inlet grasping for a hold over the winter darkness that engulfed Turnagain Arm. We stood beside the parked car and awaited it's victory. The drive would resume when the ...

Mountainside of Blueberries

When winter creeps down in the late evening from the mountain peaks and frost sweetens the tart berries after dusk, we come to the hillsides to pick. You can find my mother and I on the hills early to late Augu...
Mountains overlooking the water

Dream of Fish

We soared over great volcanoes in the Aleutian Range. From my peephole, I watched the land ripple off into grassy tundra. I took a breath. I could do this. I could live, survive, on my own. We landed on the ...

Catching Mountains Glow

Aurora sleeps nearly the whole trip. My memory failed me. The climbing roads along the mountain side, the glacial roads, and the lack of guardrails to save me from plummeting toward the lake below all escap...

Cooking in Cast Iron

I’m a lazy foodie, someone who would rather skip the work of cooking and make it in time for dessert. I can’t seem to always get out of work. When I can’t, I jump right to the cast iron in the house. Not that w...

What “Dinner” Means for This Family

"Dinner" for this family is the act of sitting with one another, catching up on the hours we have been apart and enjoying our company over a home cooked meal. Seeing all their faces around the table, safe and s...

Paleo Cooking

Red sauce from scratch, all Paleo ingredients I'm not going to lie, I hate it. I most hate it when I bake, the ingredients stick, don't behave, fall apart and the result looks hideous. Rolling out pie crust...

Smoking Salmon

Summer is filled with preparation for the coming winter, with the suns rays leading strongly through day and night we are able to accomplish much more. Smoking our Salmon that we catch on the shores of the Keni...
Overlook in Maine

My Parents Daughter

My parents “ruined my social life” almost every weekend.  They stuffed me into  wheels and carried me away from town, arms crossed I was blindly ignorant to the person I was unfolding to be, shaped by silent le...

Truth About Alaska

We need to set some things straight. Alaska is 2,291 miles north of the U.S. border. Alaska is not next to Hawaii. Just because Alaska shows up on a map in a box next to Hawaii doesn't mean that's where it actu...
Railway

Independence Mine

Within the folds of towering mountain walls rests what is left of the Independence Mine and the gold fever of Alaska. At one point the operation included two different mines; the Alaska Free Gold (Martin) Mine ...
Denali

The High One: Denali National Park

Storm rolls into the park The park remains much as it has for the last century, untouched by the grabbing hand of man's greed to conquer every corner of the wild and make our mark. The peaceful sincerity of...
Camp fire

Campfire Happiness

here is something comforting about the cackling of wood burning and the glowing warmth of a campfire. The way the smoke permeates the very air as your skin and hair soak it up for later.
Clouds roll in on the beach

Just You and the Tide

Stand in one place and turn around in a circle, notice how the horizon touches earth and ocean? A bubble has been placed over you. Yes, I know. Have you noticed how the wild runs through the camp as a red fo...
Working the beach with an ATV

A Bloodline in Bristol Bay

To grab hold, I stuff a finger down it's open mouth and jamb through the gills until my two fingers meet. I take my pick and scratch its still blue and silver back and it lays still.
knik glacier by ATV

Knik Glacier

The Knik Glacier is recorded as 200 feet thick and the face of this glacier is about three miles long at the head of the Knik River.