Hiking the Chugach – Final Moments in Alaska

A strange sensation came over me…one that I had not felt almost this entire trip. I was no longer cold, and there was something strange burning my face…something familiar…could it be, THE SUN!! After a week of gray and rainy weather, we were granted...

Eagle River, Alaska

After calling an end to our fishing, we continued to drive south into the small town of Eagle River, which has an awesome nature center and trail system that I explored during my desperate hunt for bears last year. It was also the last place in Alaska that I went with...

Talkeetna, Alaska

We rolled into Talkeetna, Alaska, in the evening, just as shadows were starting to become a little longer and the sun was getting a little lazier. Being a proper road trip, we did not have a place to stay yet, which made dad a little more nervous than me probably....

(Stuffed) Bear Attack!

OK, just kidding. 🙂 Alaska is much, much more than just mountains. The population grows steadily, even despite the constant exodus of people born here that leave for school or better jobs. What keeps this place growing is the steady influx of people just like myself:...

Holy Crap – My First Bear Encounter!

I had my first up-close-and-personal brown bear encounter in Alaska! My Alaskan friend, Skip, my father, and I had floated down the amazing Russian River for two days into middle-of-nowhere Alaska. The remote lake was only accessible via float plane or two-day canoe...

Camping, Alaskan Style

Our cabin had been refurbished since whatever hard-core, backwoods guy had built it, but the original frame was there. The great thing about remote trapper cabins in Alaska is that you can reserve and stay in them for free. Skip got a fire going and I gladly traded my...