Alaskan State Pride

Mental_floss recently posted a map created by Janet Loehrke and Jolie Lee of USA Today that shows which state has the most state pride, with Alaska and Montana topping the chart at 77%. Loehrke and Lee used data collected from Gallup to calculate the percentage based on the amount of residents who say their state is "the very best or one of the best places to live." Utah came in third with 70%, while Rhode Island closed the list at 18%.  View the original mental_floss article here.                       Image credit: Janet Loehrke and Jolie Lee/USA Today

Homer Couple "Fat-Bikes" to Arctic

Kim McNett and Bjørn Olson, the first people to bike from Anchorage to Kotzebue, went on a 36-day, 1,000-mile bicycle adventure that led them from the historic Iditarod Trail, over the sea ice on the Seaward Peninsula, and finally into the Arctic Circle. A summary of their trip appeared in the Homer Tribune.

Eagle River, Alaska

Another beautiful Alaska summer is on its way! Hike South Fork Valley Trail, located in Eagle River, Alaska to experience this breathtaking view in person.(Photo: Stephen Smith)

Harding Icefield Trail

Harding Icefield Trail in Alaska's Kenai Fjords National Park was selected as one of the 10 most beautiful hikes in the US by Fodor's Travel.                       "Step back into the ice age with this spectacular day hike located near Seward in Kenai Fjords National Park."

Magic in Mountains

In the April issue, we mentioned that our editors had a few books coming out and that we'd post an excerpt online. As promised, the adapted excerpt below is taken from Teaching the Cat to Sit, Alaska editor Michelle Theall’s new memoir. Some names have been changed to protect privacy. View of Mt. Blackburn I can clearly picture Jeremy’s face, with his curious algae-colored eyes and the ears that stuck out from his head in an attentive way, like he was trying to understand us. He was twenty-one days old and had been removed from his mother at the hospital because he was born drug-positive. Mom was an eighteen-year-old addict. Dad was thirty-six and had disappeared. Social services had placed the baby back in the home with his mom three times in three weeks, with no success.
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