Organ Peak Trail

A deep plunge into the Organ Mountains. All my life I have wanted to live near a national park, to be close enough to look at the map and not have to prioritize, to just say, “I am going to walk every inch of every trail, visit in every season, and glimpse every creature.” InContinue reading “Organ Peak Trail”

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”

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: 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”