5 Tips for Safely Enjoying the Alaskan Wilderness

The tourist season has started in Alaska, and that means the cruise ship passengers are up to their usual yearly antics. Namely, wearing white sneakers and then acting surprised to find mud on the Alaskan rain forest trails! This annual performance of visitors to the Alaskan wilderness always reminds me of Jon Krakauer’s Into the

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Comparing Michael Chabon’s Sitka, Alaska to Reality

“This is not Sitka! How am I supposed to blog about you??” This is my second attempt at reading Michael Chabon’s The Yiddish Policemen’s Union and the second attempt is going about as well as the first so far. After living part of a summer in Sitka I picked up Chabon’s book thinking I might

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Reading Around Juneau: Welcome to my corner of the world!

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Reading Around Juneau

Each summer thousands visit my hometown, streaming into town off huge cruise ships that arrive in our channel. These visitors overwhelm our “historic” downtown, crowding the shops and asking questions that we locals have a hard time answering with a straight face. “Do you take American money here?” Umm…yes. We are still part of your

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#WorldBookDay 2016: Where will books take you?

The lengths book nerds go for books. Am I right? I mean, I’ve been wearing a hardhat to work for the past couple years. The historical collections library where I work is nearing the end of what has been a lengthy construction of a new building that will reunite the State Library, Archives & Museum

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Geocaching: Incentivized Adventuring

You know those days where the weather is gross and you’d rather stay in? Or the times you feel like getting outside but can’t decide on a destination so you stay on the couch? Or those days were you do feel like getting out into nature but you just can’t convince anyone to go with

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Do What You Love What You Do: Archival Work in Sitka

Originally I had planned to write a post about the history of Sitka, as it was the Russian capital of Alaska at one time. I had planned on having one day’s worth of work to do and thought I’d spend the second day exploring some of Sitka’s historical sights so that I could get a

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Travel: Abnormal Abodes

Sitka’s Geodetic Survey House *Photo from 2011* Staying in Sitka is always fun because I seem to end up staying in unusual types of housing. A few summers ago I spent 5 weeks in Sitka for work and was housed in an old Geodetic Survey House. The house’s basement not only still had seismograph machinery,

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The Local Perspective: Travel on Alaska’s Marine Highway

The only way in and out of Juneau is by plane or boat, due to the fact that it is surrounded by ice fields. I certainly prefer Alaska’s Marine Highway when traveling to other small Southeast Alaska communities. This past weekend Micah and I traveled to Sitka, Alaska for work and, needing the car, took

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The Local Perspective: 5 Places to Visit in Juneau

This month has been a busy one with family and friends coming to visit. With tourist season in full swing, we’ve been able to take our visitors to some of our favorite Juneau attractions. I thought I’d share our 5 favorites with you. #1 Mendenhall Glacier is easily viewable from the parking lot and the

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