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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

The secret to Jane Madison's homemade salsa isn't just a pinch of this or a dash of that. Rather, it's the whole lot of vegetables she carefully and tenderly grows every summer at her Soldotna home. "It just tastes so wonderful to be fresh," she said with a smile. But Madison's garden doesn't take r...

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 9:19am

Something exciting happens when large fish come to the surface, where you can see them considering what you have to offer. I’m invariably astonished when one swims into sight. Until a few years ago, I’d always thought of halibut as bottomfish. I assumed that all flatfish lived on the bottom, and...

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 9:03am

Join us for a variety of fun nature interpretive programs at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge this summer. Programs include our popular Fun Days, a new Family Explorer Program, Hidden Lake Campground Ranger Talks, Fitness Hikes, and our Wildlife Film Series. All of our activities are free of charge. K...

Fri, 06/01/2012 - 9:23am

The rain chased us all the way to Chaiten. The name of the little village in southern Chile didn't ring a bell. It should have.

Fri, 06/01/2012 - 9:13am

Ever wonder why some of us will sit in a boat on the Kenai River, day after day, through all kinds of weather, hearing our friends tell the same old stories, without so much as a nibble? It's because we know with absolute certainty, sooner or later, we'll feel the Tug. The Tug is a drop-whatever-you...

Fri, 06/01/2012 - 9:02am

The summer of 2011 was a deadly one here on the Kenai Peninsula. Both our highways and waterways were brought into light on several occasions due to the tragic deaths of several individuals. As a law enforcement officer, one of the “lowlights” of my job is the investigation and recovery of these...

Fri, 05/25/2012 - 8:56am

Puerto Tranquillo is a campground nestled between two cliffs right on the edge of the General Carrera Lake along the Carretera Austral in Chile. It has showers, picnic tables, and fire pits, and was nearly full when we pulled in at dusk.

Fri, 05/25/2012 - 8:49am

All kinds of things go awry on fishing trips. It's a good thing those of us who fish don't dwell on all the pain and loss, or we'd have quit fishing years ago. In the 1970s, when I was living and working in Anchorage, I fished the Kenai River at every opportunity. I went so often, I sometimes "used ...

Fri, 05/25/2012 - 8:42am

Pictures are said to say a thousand words. The most common words I use when describing our camps at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge are exploration, discovery, fun, nature, outdoors, wildlife education, hands-on, and skill-based. But looking at the pictures bring to mind the "oohs" and "wow neat"...

Fri, 05/18/2012 - 8:29am


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