Tree Day 2016

No matter how busy life gets, our family will always make time for our annual Christmas tree excursion.  This December’s weekend commitments included soccer games, horse chores, birthday parties, book club, gobs of homework, a band concert, and a debate tournament.  No matter.  We blocked out one lone Sunday on the calendar and headed to the woods. Good choice. Sunrise isn’t until 10 AM this time … Continue reading Tree Day 2016

A September to Remember

Woah.  We packed it in last month!  Life was at times overwhelmingly busy, but looking back I can’t think of one experience I would take off the table! It all started Labor Day weekend with an overnight excursion to our friend’s Bonnie Lake cabin.  Boating, bonfires, and orienteering made for happy kids.  Fresh air and fetch games made for happy dogs.  And all of the … Continue reading A September to Remember

Watch us Dip, Watch us Net, Net!

Summer is a time for salmon, and Alaskans are chasing them right now. A few weeks ago we headed to the Kasilof for some fishing.  The fish weren’t running strong, but the sun was shining and we decided to give it a shot.  Our family’s dipnet permit allows us to catch up to 55 fish per season, and the kids are now old enough to strap on … Continue reading Watch us Dip, Watch us Net, Net!

Retrospective Gratitude

Today I am grateful for the scientific advancement of airline travel.  I really am.  Living in Alaska, it would be impossible to visit family (or tropical places 🙂 )without it. But when it goes wrong, it is so, so hard.  And this holiday season it went so, so wrong. I dropped off Clark and the kids for their red eye flight on the Friday before Thanksgiving.  … Continue reading Retrospective Gratitude

Bonus Day

We hardly e-v-e-r get snow days in Alaska.  Today was an exception.  The pattern of ice instead of snow in recent years really wreaks havoc on the roads, and today was one of those mornings. The kids were sooooooo excited!  They love school, but clearly they love snow days more.  The neighborhood was alive with impromptu snowball fights and Capture the Flag matches all day long. … Continue reading Bonus Day

I Heart Chugach: Rabbit Lakes

Last week was all about hiking, and the grand finale was an 8.8 round trip hike to Rabbit Lakes.  The more I explore new trails in the Chugach National Forest, the more I understand why so many people slap “I Heart Chugach” bumper stickers on their Subarus. Summers like this make me wonder why the entire planet isn’t migrating to Alaska. There is an infinite … Continue reading I Heart Chugach: Rabbit Lakes