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It is a scene repeated over two thousand times a year from Icy Bay to Kodiak, from summer, when the sun never sets and the volume of ship traffic in SWAPA’s service area triples…

It is a scene repeated over two thousand times a year from Icy Bay to Kodiak, from summer, when the sun never sets and the volume of ship traffic in SWAPA’s service area triples, to winter when Knik Arm and Valdez Arm fill with ice. SWAPA pilots are responsible for the safe delivery to the…

Read more It is a scene repeated over two thousand times a year from Icy Bay to Kodiak, from summer, when the sun never sets and the volume of ship traffic in SWAPA’s service area triples…

“The whole point was to make people feel better when they left than when they came in.”

The phones, in fact, were ringing constantly in the Fly By Night Club the morning after Keys announced the last performance of the Whale Fat Follies, that iconic Alaskan revue featuring tap-dancing moose, spawning salmon, and the show’s signature piece, the reverse strip tease. It ranked right up there along with grizzlies and Denali on…

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Let Freedom Ring

“You have to make Auntie Dana’s famous spaghetti,” Kathy told me. “For how many?” I said. “Thirty-six.” The next voice I heard was Marie’s. “Mom said I have to hold the phone until you stop screaming.” Dana Stabenow. Alaska Traveler (Kindle Locations 1742-1744). Gere Donovan Press. On Amazon US. On Amazon UK. On Barnes &…

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I took Alaska Magazine editor Andy Hall to lunch and gave him a year’s notice. He took it well. He made me pay for lunch.

“We want a lot of Dana in it,” I was told, so I wrote in the first person and never missed an opportunity for the reader to have fun at my expense. I have extraordinary memories. The hike over the Chilkoot Trail was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and it’s going to stay that way. I’m still…

Read more I took Alaska Magazine editor Andy Hall to lunch and gave him a year’s notice. He took it well. He made me pay for lunch.

“Absolutely no seal oil is permitted in the vehicle, or an extra charge of up to $ 200 may apply.” —Car rental agreement, Nome.

FRIDAY WE PICK UP Peggy Fagerstrom, who describes herself as “our trusty Native guide” to everyone she introduces us to, to the great hilarity of all, and we drive east down the coast to Solomon next to a wide sand beach littered with silvery gray driftwood and handfuls of tiny cabins and shacks and tents,…

Read more “Absolutely no seal oil is permitted in the vehicle, or an extra charge of up to $ 200 may apply.” —Car rental agreement, Nome.