Alaska

    Alaska Marine Ferry

    8/23/12 •

    So you want to take a cruise through the Inside Passage, but you're concerned that the fast-paced schedule won't allow you much freedom to explore its romantic frontier towns. Then consider an alternative: the Alaska Marine Ferry. Don't get me wrong--I have nothing against cruises. But my husband and I recently used the...

    Columbia Glacier, Alaska

    11/08/13 •

    Get a close-up look at Alaska's fast-moving Columbia Glacier. We live in sunny Florida, so it's only natural that Alaska is our favorite destination--we've been there five times. One of our most exciting day trips there began in Valdez, where we boarded the Glacier Spirit for a cruise through Prince William Sound to...

    Katmai National Park, Alaska

    6/15/15 •

    To celebrate my retirement, my husband and I took a once-in-a-lifetime trip to vast, wild and rugged Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska. I've always dreamed of visiting Katmai (pronounced "cat-my"), renowned for its abundant bears, towering mountains, active volcanoes, misty fjords and mind-boggling vistas. This 4.7-million-acre park, which extends for 340...

    Kennicott Mine in Alaska

    9/13/12 •

    If you're ever near Valdez in southeastern Alaska, we highly recommend a side trip through vast Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve to the remote Alaska ghost town of Kennicott and its abandoned copper mine. We were fascinated to learn that copper was mined here until 1938, especially considering the hardships of its mountain...

    Williams Reindeer Farm, Alaska

    3/27/15 •

    Near Palmer, Alaska, I discovered a very unique attraction--the Williams Reindeer Farm. I thoroughly enjoyed letting friendly reindeer eat out of my hand--a gooey experience that was an adventure in itself--as well as learning all about these interesting animals. For instance, I found out that reindeer can't kick their feet backward because of...

    Seaplane Base in Anchorage, Alaska

    7/13/12 •

    I've seen a lot of airports, but Alaska's Lake Hood Seaplane Base in Anchorage is truly unique. With 800 takeoffs and landings each day, it's the busiest seaplane airport in the world. Watching the plane traffic here is a popular spectator sport--and it's free! Two narrow channels link Lake Hood to nearby Lake...

    Is It Legal to Live In The Wilderness? (476)

    10/09/12 •

    ...in the wilderness of Alaska, yes the Bush. I took my family deep into the heart of Alaska. My kids flourished and so did I. My now ex-wife did not! She just could not adjust to the solitude as well as the long winters. Yes because of this we came back to civilization. I am...

    Need a Reason to Travel? How About 54 of Them!

    1/25/14 •

    ...Alaska hosts the Iditarod dog sled race every March, drawing huge crowds at the start and finish. The former Saint Columbas Lunatic Asylum, once home to 1100 patients, is now a hotel in Ireland. Called the "End of the World," only 6 species of trees exist on Chile's Tierra del Fuego. Most of the world's...

    Be an Ethical Nature Photographer

    12/24/12 •

    ...rules. Because of careless photographers, all photographers have developed a reputation for doing whatever they need to do to get a photo, regardless of the problems they cause. I was on a tour bus in Denali National Park in Alaska one summer and as we passed a photographer making some images the driver announced that...