(Photo: Michael W. Rogers) A community discussion on the values and benefits of wilderness took place on Tuesday, April 15 at the Loussac Library in Anchorage. The event, "Explore Wilderness: A Conversation on Alaska Wilderness Values," brought together artists, scientists, Alaska Native leaders, land managers and adventurers to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, historic legislation that changed the country and Alaska.
The Huffington Post created a list of 20 awesome U.S. cities to visit on an urban vacation or on a cross-country road trip. Along with cities like Nashville , New Orleans, and Honolulu, Anchorage claims a spot on the list for the adventurous and outdoorsy. "If you're looking for an adventure, you can't get much better than Anchorage. Anchorage has all the appeals of an urban city, with perfect proximity to untouched wilderness. While in the city, visit the Anchorage Museum, which recently received a $75 million renovation, or rent a bicycle and tour the city (which has been nicknamed "Bike Uptopia") on wheels. Right outside Anchorage is Chugach State Park -- the perfect place to ski, hike, raft, camp or climb." Read about the other cities on the list here.
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 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."
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.
A mama black bear with cubs in tow crosses a back road between Anchorage and Eagle River, while one of Alaska's ubiquitous Subarus patiently yields. (Photo: Renee Freeman Gilbert)
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
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.
Grammy Award nominated singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actress—As told to Gerry Strauss