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This time of year I do more armchair fishing than any other kind. Thanks to cyberspace, I enjoy vicarious treks to the tropics, where I can fish without breaking a sweat or worrying about malaria or venomous snakes. I also like not spending money, not having to be vaccinated and not having to sit in...

Fri, 03/09/2012 - 9:21am

My pants, socks, and boots are soaked. I'm tired and slightly embarrassed. I don't think I could scream "Cheechako" any more than I already do. I successfully got the government vehicle stuck in the snow which didn't appear nearly as deep as it was first driving into the abandoned parking lot. Can i...

Fri, 03/02/2012 - 9:43am

Editor's note: Polly Crawford was a reporter and associate editor of The Peninsula Clarion from 1985-1988, when she wrote "Perils of Polly." She also has written a series of "Peril" columns about Australia, Asia, and Central America. Her perils continue in Argentina and Chile. Before my sis...

Fri, 03/02/2012 - 9:33am

Question: What fish that's native to the Kenai River was featured in Charles Dickens' first novel? The Dolly Varden char is native to the Kenai. Dolly Varden, a woman known for wearing brightly colored dresses, was a character in "Barnaby Rudge," a Dickens novel. Her name was the origin of the name ...

Fri, 03/02/2012 - 9:22am

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is recruiting campground hosts for Hidden Lake Campground from mid-May to Labor Day this summer. Hidden Lake Campground is the Refuge's most popular campground located on beautiful Hidden Lake and tucked away off Skilak Lake Road. To give you an excellent idea of how r...

Fri, 02/24/2012 - 9:34am

Editor's note: Polly Crawford was a reporter and associate editor of The Peninsula Clarion from 1985-1988, when she wrote "Perils of Polly." She also has written a series of "Peril" columns about Australia, Asia, and Central America. Her perils continue in Argentina and Chile. Did someone s...

Fri, 02/24/2012 - 9:29am

When I was young and knew everything, I thought camping in a war-surplus tent was just ducky. I don't know much anymore, but I do know that cabins are more comfortable than tents. Much as I'd like to, I'll never forget a deer hunt on Montague Island during a rainstorm of biblical proportions. It wou...

Fri, 02/24/2012 - 9:24am

In the days of sail, ocean travel was dangerous. Thousands of shipwrecks from that era litter Earth's oceans and beaches. Sailing ships weren't for fun and games. If you were part of the crew, your work was hard and hazardous. Falling from the rigging or being washed overboard by a wave were common ...

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 8:57am

I like rocks. I like big rocks and little rocks, flat rocks that skip and large rocks to sit on. I like rocks in mountains, rocks in rivers and tiny tidbits of rocks ground up on a beach. I love examining the minerals in rocks such as white feldspars with their perfect planes and jet black biotite c...

Fri, 02/10/2012 - 11:10am

When Outsiders find out I'm from Alaska, they often ask why I live there. I say it's for the fishing, but the real reason has more to do with elbow room. The population of Washington, where I'm spending the winter, is pushing 7 million, about 10 times Alaska's population. In terms of people per squa...

Fri, 02/10/2012 - 11:02am

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