Outhouse in winter

Don’t poop on the toilet seat in winter

OK really? I can’t believe I actually articulated this. Not once, but at least once a week sometimes several times a day. It’s all because they just drop and run. Perhaps some of them are afraid of the dark? Ma...

Then freeze to death

The majority of the time our life together in a tiny cabin and yurt with 12 people is beautiful. It might come as a surprise that conflict does indeed happen in this idyllic frontier environment. It comes as a ...
Painting the cabin

Just a cabin, 3 tents, and 10 kids!

Wow, what happened to the summer? We have been too busy to post and share anything and have a lot of catching up to do. We are well on the path of our latest adventure. This time things are simpler. For the ...

Nomad Shelter 24′ Yurt Assembly: Day One

The first day assembling our yurt from Nomad Shelter was exciting! I'll have to admit, we all shared a few moments of panic when lifting the giant center ring in place, then later the top cover! Both were quite...

Picking up our new yurt from Nomad Shelters

Life is about to change. Nope, not a new baby. Well, sort of. We purchased a Yurt from Nomad Shelters in Homer, Alaska! The plan is simple. We have a tiny cabin, just large enough for a kitchen, dining room,...
ATV at sunset near Knik River

Adventure & frostnip…it’s starting again

Hey kids, Our first big adventure of the new year – a dash to Knik Glacier by ATV. An almost snowless winter with open water and clear trails has kept the snowmachines at home all season. Without the protect...
Little girl sits on a rock in a river

Unsupervised Doritos

My weakness or rather my biggest distraction from dad responsibilities is a good conversation with friends combined with Doritos - the best snack food ever. I can easily consume vast quantities of the crunchy d...

Arctic Entries

With a lot of pressure from the kids I accepted an opportunity to tell a story at Arctic Entries, an Alaska storytelling event. The theme was Thicker Than Water Stories of Family, Patriotism, and the Ties That ...
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...

Sleep better in a tent

I woke up at noon…. Again. I looked around the room, no one was there. I got up got dressed and went upstairs. I ate… um… breakfast? And started working on whatever seemed like the least amount of work. At n...

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...
Alaska mountains in Winter

Losing a phone I found my family.

The silent scream of the iPhone 5s could not be heard over the quiet roar of the snowmachine. The phone slid out of a pocket, tumbled, then disappeared into the deep powder. Arriving in late evening the conc...

Books vs Adventure

Brisk winds driving the chill to the center of my bones. Somewhere, somehow the sufferings of the wild transform me.

Imagination

My imagination seems to be a ghost, haunting me every moment I breath. Creating illusions no one wants to confront. It gives me fear, hope, inspiration. Every creak and groan in the stairs turns into a wolf in ...
Yukon river at Slaven's Road House

Yukon River, Alaska

The mountains and river appeared timeless. Yet, the landscape and water transformed us in less than a week. All our worldly troubles remained on the banks in Eagle as the current took the rafts downstream. W...

Be Open to Life & Let Adventure Begin

To my Children, As your father, words cannot express how I feel for you. I will tell you the story of how this adventure of ours started and why I chose life. How I accepted each of you with joy. And the hope ...
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...

Pray for us Asa

Asa, With 10 kids at the dinner table it may be hard for many to imagine that the table feels small. Something or someone often seems missing. Eager faces awaiting to be served, their eyes blinking with anti...
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.
Looking for your one true love

How to: Find yourself a true love

First, you might have to talk to that person before you can propose. I highly suggest that you start a conversation by saying something super duper intelligent and lyrical to get their attention.