Monsters from the Deep

Exploring the appeal of Alaska’s strangest gamefish [by E. Donnall Thomas Jr.] You don’t need to travel far across Sitka Sound before you begin to fall under the spell of true maritime wilderness—Baranof Island’s convoluted outer shoreline unspools a long way from civilization. Many places...

A New Season

Stillpoint Lodge opens to adventure [by Kaylene Johnson-Sullivan] As the helicopter pilot angles the chopper for a closer look at a glacial crevasse, I think how much Stillpoint Lodge has changed since it opened in 2003. Once a contemplative-retreat center, Stillpoint recently transitioned to a...

Palmer

Home of the Alaska State Fair and freakish veggies [By Susan Sommer] The traffic light pulsing like a heartbeat at the intersection of Alaska Street and Evergreen Avenue gives Palmer a definite small-town feel. And though nestled in Alaska’s fastestgrowing borough, the town retains its charm and...

Among the Bears

Exploring Katmai’s wild coast [by Emily Mount] Our floatplane skimmed low over a grassy headland. I pressed my nose against the window to see a family of brown bears ambling along a game trail below.

THROWBACK: Jet-Boat Junkies

[by Nick Jans] “WHICH WAY?” I shouted over the roar of the engine. Seth leaned forward, speed-reading the three-way split in the river that lay ahead. He gestured left.We both knew we had two chances to make that gooseneck turn into a six-foot-wide, three-inch-deep slot at 30 mph: slim and...

In the Mood

Calling all moose [by Nick Jans] In the arctic stillness, on the far side of the river, an unmistakable racket echoed in the bright afternoon: the thrashing of a bull moose stripping velvet off his antlers and honing his moves, prepping for the rut.

The Promise of Discovery

You never know what you’ll find hiking a wilderness trail [By Tom Walker] Under an azure sky stretching unblemished to Denali’s icy dome, the morning air crisp and fresh after autumn’s first frost, our tundra hike captivates the senses.

Tundra Chickens

Appreciating ptarmigan, from the field to the plate. [By E. Donnall Thomas Jr] Several years ago, friends and I took a week-long float trip into the wilderness, targeting caribou with our bows. After several days without releasing any arrows, we were getting hungry.

Illie

Locals witness strange creatures in Iliamna Tales of lake monsters have circulated among people living on the shores of Iliamna, Alaska’s largest lake, for generations, and some residents advise not to get on the water in a red boat or wearing red clothing.