Cross Country Running Jamboree

While some might like to run like the wind, in this house, my children like to run with the rabbits. What started with a race Wayne Armstrong and Lynda Barcom held in the parking lot at Birchwood Elementary back in 1987, has not only kept its momentum but has proven year after year, that this is a race many elementary school-aged children get excited about. Thursday, September 28, 2017, approximately 800 children showed up to what has become the Beach Lake Area Trails Cross Country Running Jamboree not because they want to win but because they want to be there. (Ok, some are there to win.)

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Moving Forward into Fall

School has started, and the leaves are falling! The smell of this year’s cranberries is in the air. Termination dust is working its way down the mountains. It is time to put up our fishing and hunting gear start thinking about winter. With fall and winter come many things to think about, from basic home winterizing to making sure your lawn, flower, and garden beds have the best start in the spring.

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From the Garden: Kale: The Gateway Vegetable

When introducing kids to the idea of eating fresh vegetables and edible flowers, I often hear, “I do not like vegetables.” It’s always amazing to me when I ask them to try a piece of, “Fresh broccoli, right from the stalk,” to then have them declare that they now LOVE broccoli! Kale gets a bad rap. Just today, I introduced a new group of students to the Optional garden. I innocently offer the unidentified vegetable to trusting children. “Did you like it?” Most declare they liked it and are shocked to hear they just ate kale - and enjoyed it!

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Alaska’s Abundance: Blueberries

Our amazing state provides many opportunities to spend time outdoors as a family. For my family, berry picking is our all time favorite. I have many fond memories of watching my children pick and gobble blueberries faster than they could fill their pail.Once upon a time, I read the book, Blueberries for Sal, by Robert McCloskey. In this book, a mother and her toddler, and a sow and her cub set out in search of blueberries.

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Shoreline Edibles: Undiscovered Worlds

Today is the day I take my first small step into this undiscovered world by sampling a new species or two that grow where the sea meets the shoreline.

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From The Garden

During the warm summer months we love to “forage for grub.” This entails me sending my children to the garden with baskets to see what is ready to harvest.

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The Alaska Relay

I was running leg 34 out of 36 in The Alaska Relay, a race that started in Mirror Lake and ended in Seward along with my 11 teammates.

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