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!

Cookes Peak Hike(Not to be confused with Cox)

                Cookes Peak stands out in southern New Mexico. It has a bare rock peak shaped like a tiger shark tooth. I was surprised when I saw that the hike was listed as moderate in most of my guides. Still, with the distance given as nine miles, I thought it was something that needed toContinue reading “Cookes Peak Hike(Not to be confused with Cox)”

Cox Peak April, 2020

                The idea for the expedition began with a family trip out into the desert to climb around Kilbourne Hole. I’d visited Kilbourne before, and this time we decided to do as the Romans do and bring a gun (bb that is) to shoot at targets on the crater rim. We did a little scramblingContinue reading “Cox Peak April, 2020”

Does anyone else love the End Times?

I used to think that an obsession with post-apocalyptic and disaster fiction was weird. I thought it was a niche, slightly dirty fascination, something that should never be a topic of conversation among decent company. It was a bit like how I felt about liking Star Wars so much. I thought it was just me.Continue reading “Does anyone else love the End Times?”

A Proposal for Modest Revolution: A Proportional Electoral College

                The electoral college is an unpopular beast. After the 2016 election I had moments of frustration, wondering why we give such disproportionate voting influence to the worst among us. But the problems with the system are not that it helps one party win. Obviously only one half of the partisan divide would think thatContinue reading “A Proposal for Modest Revolution: A Proportional Electoral College”