Sojourn to Seward

Calling all wildlife weekend warriors [by Michelle Theall] IF YOU WANT TO GET A QUINTESSENTIAL TASTE OF ALASKA, and you wan to check a few items off your bucket list in a single weekend, point your car down the Seward Highway, a nationally designated scenic byway, and get your camera ready. The...

Fall Rush

Experience Denali Park in autumn [By Julie Stricker] A crisp breeze ruffles the fur of a tawny grizzly as it grazes in a patch of blueberries only yards from a busload of people. They whisper excitedly as camera shutters whir, but the bear is intent on its meal and pays no attention.

Protect Izembek

As Bjorn Dihle wrote in “A Tale of Two Roads” [May 2018], the proposed road through Izembek National Wildlife Refuge would, indeed, threaten migratory bird populations and set a dangerous precedent for wilderness areas across the nation. That’s too high a price for a project that is really...

Spruce, Not Cedar

[In the Prince of Wales article, May 2018], the 5,000-6,000-year-old basket referred to as cedar is actually spruce root. Dave Putnam discovered the Thorne River Basket while working for the Forest Service in the summer of 1994. He and I led the recovery effort and had the basket transported to the...

Acknowledging Knowledge

I live about two pick axe handles from the post office. When I walk it, it seems like two miles. But whether I drive or walk (my George Attla hand-made sled hangs upside-down on my back porch), I never leave the post office until I have thumbed through my Alaska magazine and found “On the...

Denali Details

I enjoyed reading about my late neighbors Ginny Wood and Celia Hunter in the March [2018] edition. However, you did get one thing wrong. Woody did not summit Denali in 1947. My father, Gordon Herreid, was the leader of that expedition and they had to turn back at around 17,000 feet, as Woody was...

Alaska Style

Clothing to get down and get it done. [by Bjorn Dihle] Despite popular belief, Alaska has a sense of fashion as cutting edge as SoHo in New York City. The difference is we go for practical rather than pretty. Sure, men and women alike wear sexy knee-high boots, but they’re made of rubber and...

Land of Wolves and Bears

The hunt for the perfect photo. [by Nick Jans] IT’S 1981, a mid-August evening on the spine of the Kobuk-Noatak divide, 70 miles above the Arctic Circle. It’s hard, wind-scraped country: tundra valleys webbed with caribou trails, rolling away beneath a wide sky.

Preserving the Pack

Wolves of the Alexander Archipelago [by Emily Mount] CRUNCH, CRUNCH, SPLASH, CRUNCH!” I hear them before I see them as I paddle my kayak around a rocky point in Glacier Bay National Park: 12 wolves feasting on a bed of mussels at low tide. They smack their lips, tearing bivalves from the rocks,...

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...