Monthly Archives: June 2010

This is, supposedly, THE mountain

I’m still on a mission to get a totally clear shot of Denali so I can be a 30 percent snob. The good news is: this time, I had a knowledgeable source verify that I was, in fact, pointed in … Continue reading

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These mountains are definitely not THE mountain (maybe)

Mt. McKinley/Denali is an elusive behemoth. You can even buy stickers and T-shirts and patches that say “30 percent club” if you want to boast that you are included in the lucky 30 percent of people who actually see the … Continue reading

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21 faces I won’t forget

Here are some of my favorite folks I’ve met so far during my travels: (1) Chris, the kick-butt house parent at the Spenard Hostel in Anchorage (yeah, that’s right: he’s a man who folds laundry!); (2) the hat gals in … Continue reading

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Where I sleep at night (except it’s never night)

Since there’s almost around-the-clock daylight in summer here–let me tell you, it’s a trippy thing–I can’t say that I’ve slept much (I am more of a night owl here than ever!), but when I do sleep, it’s been good sleep. … Continue reading

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My favorite weird things in Alaska so far

I realized yesterday that I’ve reached the halfway point in my Alaskan adventure, and now I’m trying to deny that I know that. Look, I can’t be wasting one precious moment being pre-emptively wistful about eventually having to leave. So … Continue reading

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Iditarod Headquarters in Wasilla

On Wednesday I was supposed to be steadily focused on getting from Anchorage up to Fairbanks — a 358-mile drive — but I kept lollygagging along Highway 3. One stop I couldn’t resist was hardly an hour north of Anchorage, … Continue reading

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Volkswagen stalking for my brother

Growing up with a brother who was forever tinkering with VWs on the driveway must have had a lasting impact on me, because now I find myself snapping pictures of those Vanagon campers he loves every time I travel. And … Continue reading

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