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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!

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

No Fireworks Necessary

We avoided the crowds and spent the 4th of July with friends at their family cabin on a lake.  Sunscreen was mandatory on this incredibly warm weekend, with temperatures pushing 80 degrees.  Usually I take our children back to Nebraska in the summer so they can enjoy outdoor swimming, but on days like this it’s actually possible right here in Alaska! The kids bounced between … Continue reading No Fireworks Necessary

Hail Summer!

I still vividly remember sitting in a classroom at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln back in 1992ish.  It was a small course at the Teacher’s College, and the professor asked the 30 or so of us why we wanted to become educators.  One curmudgeonly old dude (he was probably 30) raised his hand and said, “Three reasons:  June, July, and August.”  Half the class laughed, but … Continue reading Hail Summer!