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As with most folks who reach the milestone of retirement, I can hardly believe it’s here. Thirty-plus years of public service and before that a few years of private employment come and gone. I can honestly say that I have been truly blessed to have had a career that I enjoyed immensely. It has bee...

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 8:41am

We left the Argentine-Chilean border crossing into Tierra del Fuego at around 6 p.m., leaving behind the stress of the four-hour nightmare. We looked at the map. I couldn't find any place between where we were and where we were headed that might be a safe place to sleep. Oh well. Just keep driving.

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 8:38am

A couple of days ago while out for a walk, I saw a yearling moose coming down the road toward me. It was thin, walking slowly, obviously in distress. I was far enough away that I didn't represent a threat, at least not yet. I turned around, giving it the road. Moose are especially cranky this year. ...

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 8:27am

I was reluctant to leave beautiful Monte Leon, but we’d done everything it had to offer, walked its wide beaches, hiked, camped …so it was off to our furthest destination: Ushuaia.

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 9:14am

In springtime, we are aware of every subtle shift in bud size amongst the birch or the first flight of the mosquito. Spring is also the time when the fish begin to run. A traditional tale from the Kenaitze Tribe tells of a man listening for the song of a bird. “Tsik’ezlagh” sang the bird, a Go...

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 8:47am

Earlier this week, I heard some guy in a local radio station commercial say, "You're not a real Alaskan if you're not grilling outside by now." By now? No real Alaskan would ever stop grilling outside just because there's a little snow and ice on the ground. Anyone worthy of the title has been grill...

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 8:09am

Have you ever heard silence? I mean real silence, not just the peacefulness found by leaving town and walking into the woods for a bit, but the actual empty sound of silence. A lack of noise that makes your ears ring, your heart beat more noticeably and seems to freeze your entire surroundings. The ...

Fri, 04/06/2012 - 8:18am

If we thought yesterday was the penguin day, this day was 100 times better. Cabo Dos Bahias is definitely the place to go to see penguins in Argentina.

Fri, 04/06/2012 - 8:12am

In the late 1970s, landowners along the Kenai were outraged when told by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that they could no longer dump fill on their wetlands. In the 1980s, many boaters were more than a little bit peeved when the state placed a 35-horsepower limit on the Kenai, forcing them to buy...

Fri, 04/06/2012 - 8:04am

During a hot July day in 2002, Mari Reeves, a biologist with the Anchorage Field Office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, was poking around the Swanson River Road in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Reeves was just starting a multi-year investigation of structural abnormalities in our ubiqui...

Fri, 03/30/2012 - 8:10am


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