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Rendezvous Peak

Rendezvous Peak

If it’s a weeknight and you just have to get out for a hike to wring out the wrinkles from hours behind your desk, there is an easily accessible trail that you can see from your front window. Rendezvous Peak looms behind the lighted star at Arctic Valley and is a short drive from town […]

Symphony and Eagle Lakes

Symphony and Eagle Lakes

11 miles round trip. The valley that cradles Eagle and Symphony lakes transports you to a deep and dramatic mountain landscape with a rushing stream, towering peaks, wildflowers and alpine lakes. Calliope, Cantata and Triangle peaks buttons up the end of the valley. The trail leading up to them makes for a nice hike. Easy […]

Reed Lakes

Reed Lakes

One of Anchorage’s greatest gifts is how a 20-minute drive can put you at a trailhead that leads into the wilderness. That means if you have a busy weekend, you can pack your backpack on Thursday night, put in a day’s work and bomb out of town for a quick overnighter. That’s what I did […]

Book Review: “Cold Flashes: Literary Snapshots of Alaska”

“Cold Flashes: Literary Snapshots of Alaska,” University of Alaska Press, ($21.95), Michael Engelhard, editor.  You can’t use the excuse that you don’t have time to read when it comes to flash fiction. It’s the new black in some literary circles and the University of Alaska Press recently released its answer to the genre, Alaska style. “Cold Flashes: Literary Snapshots […]

Book Review: “Opening Days: A Fly Fisherman Writes”

Book Review: “Opening Days: A Fly Fisherman Writes”

“Opening Days: A Fly Fisherman Writes,” Rich Chiappone, Barkclay Creek Press, 2010. You won’t often find a publisher that will include fiction, nonfiction and poetry in the same book, especially a book that purports to be about fishing. But that is what’s included in Alaska author Rich Chiappone’s release, “Opening Days: A Fly Fisherman Writes,” from Barkclay Creek Press (http://www.barclaycreek.com/home.html). […]

Winner Creek Trail

We walked along Winner Creek Trail in a steady drizzle, skirting patches of Devil’s club with leaves the size of hubcaps. Moss covered the ground and crept up tree trunks. We expected a dinosaur to poke its head around the corner, and if not that, then a Hobbit strolling down one of the side trails […]

Rabbit Lake trail presents geologic features Anchorage area

Rabbit Lake, in Chugach State Park, was on my hike to-do list for years after first hearing stories about its beauty and the fishing to be had. However, in those days you had to cross private property to get to the trail and that was enough of a deterrent to keep me away. Then somewhere middle […]

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