Valdez lingers on the other side of Thompson pass, beside the Valdez port and backed by glacial slues and mountain peaks.
At an elevation of 1,300 feet in the Chugach National Forest Juneau Lake Cabin is one of the first rustic cabins on the Resurrection Pass Trail.
The blue water of the lake stretches to the feet of the mountains here on the Kenai Peninsula.
I always knew when uncle came into the house. His arrival was followed with the slam of the maple door and the shaking of the window glass. His hollered greetings echoed through the hallways reaching any ears scattered throughout the house. At the arrival of his brother-in-law, my Pepe leapt from his place at the [...]
We have been tricked. The weather seems to have snuggled closer to winter.
I have successfully secured my childhood dream job: a summer fishing in Bristol Bay, Alaska. Readers, you are probably cringing at the thought of having to touch the slime covered bodies of fish that have been caught in their immanent death. I can only think of the experience that I will have. Depending on the [...]
After the holidays, I always seem to have heaping piles of clothing and things given to me that crowd my bedroom, and make me feel as though I am in a cave. I have always shared a bedroom and have had to share the bedroom space with my younger sister. Now this has never been [...]
Living in a family that goes out on adventures nearly every weekend, my gear tends to wear out after a year or two no matter the brand. Thus, I am constantly on the hunt for sport sales for quality clothing. Believe it or not I have found a lot of my wool sweaters and fleece pants at thrift stores. [...]
The coziest boots I have every owned have been ones that I have trudge through most everything in, wear almost every day. Whether dry or soaking wet, socks or no socks they have never failed to keep me warm. I have walked through the park, played in the snow for hours, hiked a glacier, and [...]
The common term for someone of my nature is “Control freak”. Someone who folds their underwear and must always be on time every place they go, detesting the slightest amount of chaos or group confusion. I suppose it’s because I am a creature of pure habit despising interruption. Yeah, I’m a little weird. I admit [...]
Since this is my senior year, for the last few months I have been filling out scholarships. The other day I was surfing the web for a few more to add to the done pile. I came across a great site that offered a few writing scholarships that I would apply for. But before I could even look at [...]
Looking out at the seemingly endless water, it looked more like Oreo cookies broken into pieces and tossed into a bowl of milk, with the mountains like the ridges of the bowl rising up in the distance. I watched the last of the afternoon rays slip from the horizon and sighed at their disappearance, leaving [...]
Whenever I think of the word “sweatshop” it brings flashes of women and children working from dawn until dusk in a dark factory for pennies. Something more out of a Charles Dickens novel than anything else. When I think of sweatshop today, I think of people from foreign countries working in an assembly line or [...]
Over the Christmas Holiday I am always looking for ways to entertain my younger siblings. With unlimited time for play their rowdiness can sometimes be overwhelming. We recently completed a wonderful craft that uses things from around the house, making it super cheap. As a kid, snow globes had always fascinated me. I had never thought that I could make one myself. [...]
“Nature-deficit disorder” describes children who are not permitted the ability to develop skills that are acquired when in active play in nature.