Free, Open Spaces

“Come, and follow me…” resonated like a spiritual [by Russ Lumpkin]

An Ambitious Issue

(from the February 2017 issue) Being nice when you don’t have to be. [by Russ Lumpkin]

Dreaming of Snow

I arrived in Girdwood, Alaska, on Thanksgiving Day after spending a month on the road. Our journey started in Colorado and we explored the Pacific coast all the way up to Vancouver, where we quickly revamped our plan because camping in a tent every night in the cold and snow is not as glamorous at...

Camera Ready

In Alaska, even a lazy photographer can take decent photos [by Russ Lumpkin]

Native Wisdom

Making small talk with the cab driver, I sipped coffee on the way to the Juneau airport. The rainy morning continued a string of rainy mornings. I checked in and wound through security, made it to the other side of the human scanner, and stood in sock feet. My pack, however, didn’t make it. “Is...

I Got the Blues

Every year, I swear that I’ll spend the entire month of August picking blueberries, but every year, of course, life intervenes. I make time for a short drive or hike to a favorite spot and pick with both hands—my friends are impressed with my speed. Still, as soon as I find a good rhythm, I...

Kesugi Dreaming

Kesugi Ridge, in Denali State Park, is a trail system that delivers—but probably not what you expect. Everyone hopes for the quintessential Denali views, but more often fog shrouds the ridge, leaving only rock cairns guiding the way, or a raging storm spits cold, wet hikers back out at a...