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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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Castle on a Hill

We woke up on the ferry. Gorgeous patterns in the wake as we cruised into Sitka. I have wanted to come and photograph the totem poles for some time, and also visit some of the National Historic Landmarks (NHL) in town. I used to work for cultural resources in the regional office, for the … [Read more...]

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I am AWARE

So, I started my trip with a wobble in the front end of my motorcycle. I have pretty much decided, after experimenting with repacking, that I am carrying too much weight in the rear and need to change the dynamics or lighten the load. Needless to say, every day that passes and I watch my toothpaste … [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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Knowing where not to go

God I’m tired I awoke to the smell of fresh coffee, Jaz was making Kaladi Brew. We walked over to the main lodge for breakfast and I noted the other motorcyclists were still sleeping, tents all lined up in a row. We met one rider the night before, a guy named Rob from Arkansas. He was on the … [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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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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Crossing the Arctic Circle by motorbike

The amount of darkness between sunset and sunrise in Eagle Plains was a little more than an hour. We were told by the locals that if we went outside during this time (around 2 a.m.) that we would see the most amazing sky and witness both sunset and sunrise at the same time. This sounded worth … [Read more...]