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Penises, the Cold War, and film stars

Our trip to Nome, Alaska could not be complete without a trip to the top of Anvil Mountain to see White Alice. On a clear day, towering above Nome you can see several creepy towers that remind me of the fins on the alien spacecraft that parked on the ocean flow in the movie, The … [Read more...]

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Kougarok Highway

Today was an interesting day. We swapped out the Jeep for a large, ¾ ton Dodge Pickup – newer truck with better tires. Michael walked out and put our gear in the truck and closed the door. The rear window of the truck exploded. Now, I know you are all saying that Michael slammed the door too hard, … [Read more...]

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Flat tire fiasco

We started our morning out attempting to fix the flat tire. The spare tire now on the Jeep was in pretty good condition. The flat tire from yesterday was in very bad condition, as were two of the other tires. Basically, we had one good tire. The dry rot was so bad on the flat tire, we didn’t think … [Read more...]

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“Happy 4th of July”

We got up bright and early from our night at the Dredge No. 7 Inn. A dredge is a piece of equipment that sits on water and processes sand and rock for gold. The historic dredges were very large – they almost looked like hotels with large mechanical appendages on both the front and rear. Today, there … [Read more...]

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No place like Nome

You can’t be a Wandering Alaskan if you don’t wander. In addition, I really should wander in my home state a lot more before I wander outside. I have done pretty well in the last 24 years, managing to wander in almost every nook and cranny this great state has to offer. There are only a few places … [Read more...]

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International Female Bike Day – Alaska 2014

So just like that, chatting with a friend, we decided to start an Alaskan sister event of the International Female Bike Day to take place on May 3, 2014. I created the Facebook event page. I made a quick photo shop image incorporating the official logo. The two of us put our heads together and … [Read more...]

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Is that a Kiss Dispenser?

Not that kind of kiss... When I left Anchorage yesterday, it was on the tail end of 15 inches of fresh snow in my back yard. I had been thinking that we might get an early break-up and I would be able to pull the KLR out of the garage soon. Not so sure now. I think the fact that I was flying … [Read more...]

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Hatcher Pass here I come!

Who put a federal holiday in the middle of the week? What is that all about? Since I didn’t want to take any time off, and the holiday didn’t payout a 3-day weekend, I decided that I would dress casual this whole week at work! So there!  I also needed a quick get-away. Where do Anchoragites go when … [Read more...]

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Chatting with artists, dinner with mermaids, and a growler of China Poot Porter

Headed out of the city this weekend and went south to the coastal town of Homer, Alaska. I have always liked Homer more than any other “get-a-away” spot from Anchorage. As they like to say on their bumper stickers, “A quaint little drinking town with a fishing problem." We headed out of Anchorage … [Read more...]

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“I suggest you don’t go up there without a rifle”

I spent almost the longest day of the year in the furthest community on the North American continent – Barrow, Alaska. Kim lived in Barrow for 15 years, and her family is still there. I tagged along for the visit. Barrow, like any other Alaskan bush community, was low on pavement and high on dust. … [Read more...]