Author's note: This column first appeared in the Clarion on Aug. 16, 2002. I've edited it for clarity.
In years ending with an even number, such as 2016, the Kenai River is blessed with vast numbers of pink salmon, bound for their spawning grounds.
If you saw my strawberry bed, you might think I don't like strawberries. The leaves have been lopped off, some plants were ripped out of the ground, and those that remain are partially buried in dirt.
It's not a pretty sight.
Back when I did more crazy things than I now do, I used to fish the Kenai far more than I now do. I didn't give a hoot what the river was doing. I fished when it was muddy enough to plow. I fished during floods.
Mid-summer is shirt-sleeve weather, an enjoyable time of year to be out and about with family and friends. But it also is the heart of mosquito season, so beware the escalating health risks caused by their bites.
ANCHORAGE - A basic rule on what to do when encountering a bear in the wilderness is so common, it's long been a mantra: "If it's brown, you lie down. If it's black, you fight back."
But there's a caveat for run-ins with brown - or grizzly - bears.