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

Gratitude 11: Civil Discourse

“And always remember, while your right to express yourself may protected by the First Amendment to the US Constitution, being heard is a privilege that must be earned.” ~Steve Johnson, UAA Debate Team A few months ago I attended a debate about marijuana legalization in Alaska.  It was moderated by Steve Johnson, the coach of the University of Alaska-Anchorage’s award winning debate team.  Both sides … Continue reading Gratitude 11: Civil Discourse

More Gratitude: Dry Pavement, First Snow

Today I offer up two strange and seemingly contradictory items of gratitude.  Bear with me. Gratitude #7:  Dry Pavement.  Oh how I miss thee!  This morning I woke at 4:30 AM to nearly a foot of unexpected snow.  I say unexpected because yesterday the kids were roaming the neighborhood without coats, and Clark drove his ’67 Camaro (note:  not a winter vehicle) to the grocery store. I … Continue reading More Gratitude: Dry Pavement, First Snow

Gratitude #5: The Wardrobe of the Sky

It’s been a crisp but colorful October, and the sunsets have been a real treat. The sky wrapped herself in a variety of hues this month, each of them equally stunning. Most evenings she picked the quintessential pink, one of the most common colors in her closet: Other days she pulled out the gray.  Not an angry gray, but a pensive, reflective calm one: And one special … Continue reading Gratitude #5: The Wardrobe of the Sky

Gratitude Day 3: The Gift of Hatcher Pass

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”  ~John Muir, Alaska Days With John Muir, 1915 A few weeks ago I asked my dear friend Nancy, “If we could do anything to celebrate your birthday, what would it be?” It took her a few days to answer honestly, but … Continue reading Gratitude Day 3: The Gift of Hatcher Pass

Gratitude Day 2: Happy Endings & Lessons Learned

What a relief that no one was hurt in last week’s magnitude 6.2 earthquake that rattled Alaskans. My school library sustained some decent damage, but my ego may have taken the biggest hit of all.  Here’s the scoop: There were three classes in the library that morning, in addition to about a dozen kids on individual passes.  When the shaking started I was walking down … Continue reading Gratitude Day 2: Happy Endings & Lessons Learned