Category - Only in Alaska

Snow? What snow?

January 25, 2016
Dear the East Coast; Hello from Alaska. You know - that big state up to the north, all the way out west? Yeah, we kind of have a little problem, and we hear you just might have a solution for us. See, we don't have winter anymore. Here in Southcentral Alaska, it's 42 degrees today, it's trying to...

Return to daylight

December 21, 2015
Everyone in the world knows about a certain holiday later this week on the 25th. But for Alaskans, Dec. 21 is another holiday to be celebrated - winter solstice. Today, here in Southcentral Alaska we'll get 5 hours, 27 minutes and 41 seconds of daylight, the shortest of the year. But tomorrow, we...
Consider giving the gift of adventure this year, such as a zip line experience in Talkeetna. On Black Friday, newscasts are filled with stories of people lining up in the wee hours of the morning to buy the new "thing" for Christmas. Ironically, this is the day after Thanksgiving, when we're...

A fun filled weekend

December 3, 2015
A competitor in the Talkeetna Wilderness Woman competition tries to snowshoe through an obstacle course in 2014. This weekend is chock full of fun-filled events in all corners of the Mat-Su Valley, as Wasilla hosts the Autumn Fest at the Dorothy Page Museum on Saturday, and Talkeetna Winterfest...

Being thankful

November 23, 2015
I could hear the rain lightly hitting my tent's fly, and I couldn't fall back asleep. My family wasn't having any problem though, so I grabbed my rain coat, unzipped the tent and slipped out, sneaking a peek at the cozy and content looks on their faces, bundled into the sleeping bags. I started our...

Get knee deep in winter

November 12, 2015
The northern lights dance above the tree line. The lights have been spectacular this winter. The Mat-Su Valley unofficially welcomed winter to the party earlier this week, as the first substantial snowfall whitened the entire area, and the thermometers are showing that it's going to stick around....

Sign of spring

March 20, 2015
Warmer weather has Alaskans looking forward to summer. Photo courtesy Last Frontier Magazine. Recently, we have been teased with 40-50 degree temperatures, turning many thoughts to spring and making upcoming summer plans. But as a lifelong Alaskan, my excitement remains a bit muted, because I've...

The winter that wasn't

February 26, 2015
This blog post is not supposed to exist. According to my handy content calendar, today I'm supposed to be writing about snowmobiling in the Mat-Su Valley, and how awesome riding is around this time, thanks to longer days, great snow, etc. Instead, I'm staring at green grass, which last I checked,...