A hiker’s search for weather windows

Rarely have I ever been able to beat Mother Nature at its weather game. But on September 17th, I came as close as I ever have.

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Good comradery makes rigorous hike enjoyable

I thought the smoky air might cause irritation, but it didn’t bother the group as we worked our way upward and past the April Bowl’s tarns.

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Ice to ice: Lunching in style at the Harding Ice Field

I’ve believe there are no words to describe the mind-blowing spectacle of the Exit Glacier ramping up to Harding Ice Field’s ocean of ice.

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In the mountains, wildflower diversity does not disappoint

According to Verna Pratt, one of Alaska’s most noted wildflower experts, there are about 1,500 species of flowering plants across Alaska.

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Heat beaters flock to Eklutna Lake

On July 7th, a scorching hot July 4 weekend day, hundreds flocked to Eklutna Lake to find some relief along its shore and frigid waters.

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4th of July in Seward: It hardly gets any better

Having grown up in the seaport city of Seward on the Kenai Peninsula, the 4th of July celebration in that community is close to my heart.

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The March of the Dandelions!

Though dandelions have been around a lot longer than me, their reach in southcentral Alaska has expanded dramatically during my lifetime.

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You Can Never Go Home Again, Or Can You?

I have returned to my home many times over the years to rediscover the subtle magic I knew as a child. That place is the town of Seward.

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Gradual trails offer an Rx for troublesome knees

I find low-angled trails that would still take me into the mountains. Here are some relatively easy trails for summer and fall hiking.

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Time for the toilsome trash tirade

This year’s Citywide cleanup is April 27 to May 4, and I strongly urge everyone to get out and clean anywhere you see garbage.

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