Tag: alaska traveler

There is a bird hotline, 424-BIRD, announcing sightings of birds like the semi-palmated plover.

That’s basically what a bird is to me, a flying pooper. Growing up in Seldovia, infested with seagulls getting fat on the leftovers from five salmon canneries, it was never wise to go outside without a hat on. So when I started to hear about entire festivals constructed around migrating birds, I was mystified, and…

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“I really lucked out,” she says, “I just got a hundred pounds of female antlers.” Yes, she can tell the difference.

Traditionally Bad Girls opens Fridays from 4-9 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. I’ve never been to a Friday night Bad Girls opening that doesn’t make a salmon spawning stream in July look positively roomy. It might have something to do with the fact that they serve wine and hors d’oeuvres opening…

Read more “I really lucked out,” she says, “I just got a hundred pounds of female antlers.” Yes, she can tell the difference.

“BEER TRAIN.” There are two words which, in conjunction, should make anyone sit up and take notice.

The Great Alaska Beer Train, the product of a brainstorming session between the people at Glacier Brewhouse, an Alaskan restaurant and brewery, and the folks at Alaska Railroad is an annual four-hour train ride from Anchorage to Portage and back, with beer and food served on route. It is also the answer to any Anchoragite’s…

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“There’s something about Haines that encourages people to pursue their passion.”

…oh yeah, the Hammer Museum. Yes, really, it’s in Irene’s brother Ronnie’s old house on Main Street, housing a collection of 1,200 hammers. For $ 2 admission, Carol Pahl will introduce you to every single one. There are wagon pin hammers that did double duty as hitching pins. There are bill poster hammers with magnetic…

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“We were on the road again by 4 p.m., a section of highway with multiple personality disorder.”

Day 5: Watson Lake to Whitehorse The next morning we visited the Signpost Forest, where at last count (2002) there are 49,777 signs nailed into tall wooden posts. A sampling: COLORADO INTERSTATE 35 KANGAROO CROSSING MANYBERRIES, ALBERTA KITZBUHEL GARY STRACEK CONST. / BROWERVILLE, MN (if you live in Browerville and need a contractor, there you…

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