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"Older" people, a club in which I'm a member in good standing, like to talk about the past. One reason we do this is because we've forgotten most of the bad times, but still remember the good. Another reason is that some things really were better "back when." Still another is that the older we get, ...

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 8:38am

From my childhood to the present day, what has appealed to me most about the field of entomology is that there really are new discoveries to be made in my own backyard. In my back yard, down in the muskeg just below my office on Ski Hill Road, and on about half of the land area of the Kenai National...

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 9:05am

We awoke parked next to a cantina with a bright azure sky overhead. Would we be able to see the Humboldt penguins today? Or would the weather continue to keep the tourists away?

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 8:56am

After 34 years of heating my house with wood, I'm having a gas furnace installed. This week, I was showing two guys where I wanted the gas line buried. In the process, we had to walk across what I call my "lawn," which is solid dandelions. "Please don't walk on the dandelions," I said, only half kid...

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 8:39am

My sister and I woke up to more rain. We were in what was supposed to be the most beautiful part of accessible Chile -- the Lake District with its turquoise lakes and perfectly formed volcanoes, and we couldn't see a thing.

Mon, 06/18/2012 - 8:52am

You've probably heard a lot about invasive plants, maybe to the point that the message goes in one ear and out the other. A lot of exotic invasive plants have desirable attributes like showy flowers that look good in a garden -- think oxeye daisy, toadflax, common tansy -- which is often why they ge...

Fri, 06/15/2012 - 8:54am

Practice started a little late on Mackey Lake on a recent Monday as eight rowers adjusted oars, discussed who should ride in which shell (boat), and chatted with each other about the weather, mosquitoes and other staples of Alaska in the spring. Their new coach, a Polish-born Californian, perched on...

Fri, 06/15/2012 - 8:45am

Salmon season is here, finally. And before we know it, salmon season will be gone.

Fri, 06/15/2012 - 8:33am

Join in the fun next Friday, June 15, for Wildflower Fun Day, a "once-a-year only" free special event, held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Environmental Education Center (located one mile from Soldotna off Ski Hill Road). Enjoy wildflower displays,crafts, activities, do...

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 9:58am

Despite the wind and rain, the ferry from Chaiten to Puerto Montt was operational and we were the first ones on. We were leaving the gravel, rain, and wilds of southern Chile. For eight hours we didn't have to drive, think, or make decisions. It was eight hours of pure relaxation -- bordering on boredom for myself and my hyped-out sister.

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 9:50am


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