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The odds were not in my favor. Out of over 12,000 applicants, only 400 lottery tickets per day are given out during the annual Denali road lottery. And of those, only one of the four days is over the weekend- the others on weekdays, so you’d have to take time off. And then, once you’ve been lucky enough to secure a spot (some people apply for years without success), the issue of… Read More

Waves on the shore of a snow beach in Seward, Alaska

Thursday morning, I took my last snow-blown bike ride into work. Even with the tear-inducing cold blurring my vision, I watched the bright stars above the mountains and added those pitch black, 8:30AM rides to the list of things I will miss in Seward. It’s a long list. It’s been a busy three months, between working at the national park, writing for the local paper, and trudging on in the job search…. Read More

Golden light on jagged mountain peaks in Seward, Alaska

Since I arrived in Anchorage two weeks ago with a couple of duffle bags and a lot of ridiculous notions about the great, wild, last frontier (mostly from movies), I’ve learned a lot. Alaska is somehow both more and less rugged than I had predicted- I buy my shockingly expensive groceries at a big ol’ Safeway, not a dusty local shop, but live in an apartment reminiscent of a summer camp I… Read More

Apparently I didn’t get the memo about kicking off my 2014 resolutions back in January, because here we are in not-so-early March and I am just getting around to making all those goals I’ll be ignoring for the next year. But in the spirit of better late than never, I’ve been tackling projects like working on my photo-editing skills in Lightroom, dreaming up some adventures for the summer, and picking up the… Read More

It’s been almost a month since I last posted. In my own defense, it has been one busy month. I finished off the summer soaking up the Borneo sun, and before I knew it I was somewhere over the Pacific trying to delude myself into forgetting that summer was, in fact, over. I stopped over in Chicago to see my sister, recover from the trip,  and consume as much delicious food as… Read More