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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Your Local Tour Guide: Welcome to my corner of the world!

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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“Life is not Perfect. Life is Good.”

Let’s talk about positivity for a moment. Most of us could use more of it. The atmosphere I face at work every day has been so negative that it has become a daily struggle to combat it with positive vibes. This may have perhaps led to an unhealthy obsession with Life is Good® products. (Believe

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How This Librarian Made Friends Through Geocaching

If you’re the nose-in-a-book type like me, you know what I mean when I say making friends is hard. When you prefer to stay in on the weekend with a good book, or a knitting project and a cup of tea rather than hitting the bars, making friends is slow going. So how did I

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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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