Orlando: a Biography- Virginia Woolf

It occurs to me that it’s a little strange for a man to write about Virginia Woolf in general, and Orlando specifically. Not for any good reason, but it’s an oddity. Why should a book that is a reflection on gender roles and identity be the sole province of women? Well, I picked it upContinue reading “Orlando: a Biography- Virginia Woolf”

The Dalton Highway: Part One

                I don’t know what Fairbanks, Alaska is like when there isn’t a pandemic going on, but it didn’t put its best foot forward on my visit. That was disappointing, because at first glance, downtown was promising. The Chena River flows right through with a handful of pedestrian bridges crossing. There are nice little parksContinue reading “The Dalton Highway: Part One”

The Anthropology of War

The Anthropology of War– Keith F. Otterbein                 While I was studying at George Washington University’s Elliott School, I had a penchant for buying books on military history. I’ve always had a problem with purchasing books and studying a field with so many great books was the perfect excuse. It seemed like I was acquiringContinue reading “The Anthropology of War”

Exploring Kachemak Bay with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies: Part Two

The first several hours of the visit were a hike through the hilly forest all around the research station. The young women who were guiding us knew everything about the plants and animals of the forest. It was great to get the chance to pick their brains. We learned to avoid cow parsnip and devilsContinue reading “Exploring Kachemak Bay with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies: Part Two”

Exploring Kachemak Bay with the Alaskan Center for Coastal Studies: Part One

                On the southwestern edge of the Kenai Peninsula is the small fishing town of Homer, Alaska. We had heard that it was a good jumping off point for expeditions into the national parks on the opposite side of Cook Inlet, so one day we drove down to see what we could scrounge up. IfContinue reading “Exploring Kachemak Bay with the Alaskan Center for Coastal Studies: Part One”

Kenai Fjords: The Four Ice Seals of the Apocalypse

Cooling down after our cruise with the four ice seals of the apocalypse

Kenai Fjords: Whale Watching among the Glaciers

Sightings of whales and other marine wildlife off the shores of Kenai Fjords.

Kenai Fjords: 43 of 62 (Part One)

A foray to Kenai Fjords and Seward, AK.

Bearanoia

                On our first morning in Nikiski, we decided to go back to the well from which the wildlife gods had favored us yesterday, home of the weasel: Captain Cook State Recreation Area. We went with the full intention of stopping at every possible point and exploring the park. Unfortunately, at the first viewpoint, alongContinue reading “Bearanoia”

The Alaskan Adventure Begins

Our first day in Alaska!