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Counting down the dog days!

Michael and I leave in just three days to go to California to pick up a service dog. I have been struggling with my hearing loss for years, and now I am getting a hearing dog from Canine Companions for Independence to help me. I am really excited. I have been without any pets for many years. It will … [Read more...]

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Going to my angry place

I awoke to a cloudy day in Sitka and took off for a four mile run. The town is so small that this distance covered everything. I ran the totem walk and through the woods and ended up on the beach at low tide. At least a dozen eagles were hanging out on the driftwood looking for breakfast. I tried to … [Read more...]

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Your love has lifted me higher

We woke up early, in case the roads were a repeat of yesterday. And because we had a ferry to catch in Haines at 5 p.m. We had great road all the way to Haines Junction. It was a bit nippy, but the BMW gear kept me warm. We pulled into the Village Bakery to have a hot cup of coffee. While … [Read more...]

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“Creepy” Outhouses

Jaz and I headed out of Anchorage with Southeast Alaska on our mind. Two countries, two boats, and roughly 1800 miles (boat and road) over a week and two weekends – this should be exciting! No sooner did I get on the freeway before I discovered I had an incredibly frightening wobble in my front … [Read more...]

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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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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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Dempster Highway (Inuvik)

Anchorage, Alaska to Inuvik, Northwest Territories - Canada (Round Trip) View Inuvik 2013 in a larger map … [Read more...]

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Your zipper is down and I can’t help but smile

(A post-trip blog: the Denali Highway, Alaska) I love Talkeetna. It is such a quirky Alaskan town. Aside from having a cat for a mayor, good taste in beer, and priorities consistent with mountain climbing, the people just know how to enjoy life. I have always thought if someone wanted to get a … [Read more...]

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I woke up in a trailer…

(A post-trip blog: the Denali Highway, Alaska) It was cold the night before. The campground was filled with tons of hunters roaming (and shooting) on the landscape, and the overall wet conditions prompted us to look for shelter. The RV shelter in the campground had a little trailer … [Read more...]

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Blogging by headlamp on the Denali Highway

(a post-trip blog) The Denali Highway was the first road access to Denali National Park and opened in 1957. Less than 15 years later, a major paved highway would eliminate the need for this 135 mile dirt road. Today, it serves as access to valleys and mountains along with three large river … [Read more...]