- Written by Alaska Magazine
By Allison Hovanec
After getting hitched at the Anchorage courthouse this summer, my husband and I pondered an out-of-state honeymoon. It was early August and the weather had turned favorable again, offering a respite from dreary rain that had stretched on for weeks.
We got a kick out of this Alaska map from Williwaw Publishing Company in Haines, which alludes tongue-in-cheek to the afterthought, out-of-rightful-proportion treatment of Alaska by many map publishers in placing our great state in a small box off the coast of California on maps of the “United States of America.”
Exploring chilly new vistas
Hiking is something Audra Matolka has long enjoyed, but until two years ago, she had never tried heading out on trails in the fall and winter months.
“I wanted to keep active and my friend convinced me to do it,” said Matolka, who, until recently, lived in Palmer. “It had never occurred to me to do that. At first I didn’t want to; I thought it sounded really scary, didn’t think it was safe.” Then, she said jokingly, “I went (hiking) when I realized my friends didn’t die.”