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Shopping Inuvik

We spent an extra unplanned day in Inuvik. The closing of the Taylor Highway bumped our reservations at Eagle Plains. They could not accommodate us coming back, unless we stayed an extra day in Inuvik. We opted to stay and see the sites, rather than camp in Eagle … [Read more...]

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North to Inuvik – Again

Unfinished business. You recall a couple of years ago Jaz and I made a run for Inuvik, Northwestern Territories, Canada. The rain and the dangerous conditions caused two fairly (I said fairly) reasonable women to call it at the Arctic Circle. The ride (2000 miles round-trip from Anchorage, AK, … [Read more...]

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Looking For Death

I flew into Seattle for the weekend. Tickets were so cheap that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. My good friend Marla rode the train up from Portland and met me at the airport. From there we headed north to the border. During my travels by motorcycle in Canada the last few years, I’ve … [Read more...]

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Construction 129

We met Craig, a co-worker, at this nice little place that served homemade chicken sausage and potato-carrot pancakes for breakfast (Home Plate). Craig has worked out on Alcatraz for 20 years. He spent an hour telling us about the ins and outs of riding a boat to work every day and what it’s like to … [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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Will TSA confiscate my voodoo?

I needed a break from the small city and from the cold gray days of Alaska. My good friend Marla invited me to the bigger city of Portland, Oregon for the weekend. Off I went. Now Portland is one of my favorite towns to spend time in. Unlike its sister city Seattle, it actually measures up to … [Read more...]

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Kitt, koffee (not), and kurves

We left Tubac and headed towards Arivaca for coffee. It was a bummer; the coffee shop is closed Tues-Thur. Those are nice hours, three days off a week. We sat at an outdoor table and had snacks and water. We continued rolling through the curves until we found ourselves at the foot of Kitt Peak … [Read more...]

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NASCAR, reunions, and the road

I flew down to Phoenix and met up with Michael. Michael is coming back to Anchorage (yay). While in Phoenix, I got the opportunity to see a NASCAR race. Michael’s family drove down from Utah and we all went to the races. What a riot. It was more exciting than I thought it would be; there were … [Read more...]

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A parka in Palmer

I was getting a little stir crazy around the house. I asked Kim if she wanted to go winter camping. She did. Off we headed. You would think that winter camping would be pretty easy, but I had a couple of requirements. An outhouse (in case we needed to poop), a great view away from city lights to … [Read more...]

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A symphony of lights

So I was lying in bed Friday night, my condo faces east towards the Chugach Mountains in Anchorage – only a half a dozen blocks from the end of the city. I live on the edge of night pollution. The dark mountains rise just outside my window. My room on the 3rd floor and the hill that the condo sits … [Read more...]