The Dream World of Holgate Arm

WOW! What an incredible adventure.

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Greetings from the beginnings of finals week! Before I descend into the madness of uncountable final art projects, I have decided to take a moment to contemplate the more peaceful, beautiful times I have experienced within the past year. This summer, while living out at the Glacier Lodge, Zach and I reserved a Forest Service cabin in Holgate Arm for Zach’s birthday weekend. While these cabins are pretty rustic – basically just some wooden bunks and a table (not even an outhouse), this one came with a heater, and we were thrilled. A warm, dry place to sleep at the base of a dramatic glacier in a super remote Alaskan bay? Sign us up! The weather was sunny and kind of warm; the turquoise blue ocean sparkled with floating fragments of ice. We loaded our kayak with warm clothes, food, fuel, stove, cooking gear, sleeping bags, and of course birthday…

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Travel: Exploring Alaska

Travel: Exploring Alaska

Summit County Citizens Voice

The Kenai Peninsula

Story and photos by Kim Fenske

Kenai, Katmai, and McKinley were the big three objectives on my list of locations to visit when I began planning my three-week backpacking trip to Alaska. My foremost objective was to find the coastal brown bears and live among them during the great salmon runs of summer. I was looking for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure into the wild.

I decided to fly into Anchorage and take a few major thrusts outward from this center, within a radius of a few hundred miles. I had enough space in a small daypack for my camera, journal, netbook computer, and a couple of water bottles. I filled my 80-liter backpack with an extra set of clothes, one-week supply of dehydrated foods, backpacking stove, water filter, raincoat, sleeping pad, down sleeping bag, and two-person tent. I decided to take the larger of my two backpacking tents…

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Alaska and the Pacific Northwest

Alaska and the Pacific Northwest

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Rain and Sarah Palin, perhaps the two single items that come to mind when you mention Seattle or Alaska.  However, I spent nine weeks in Seattle in 1987 and it rained a total of three days.  Alaska, I tend to think of wildlife and beer since some of the highest rated microbrews are found in Alaska.  This past trip was to cross off an item from my father’s bucket list, so we headed to the Kenai Peninsula in search of fish and all-things-wild, and squeezed in a couple of nights in Seattle.

Seattle, home of Starbucks (unfortunately), other coffee purveyors, and some interesting food.  Working with a group of four to eight makes hunting out the holes in the wall or taking food pics a bit of a chore, yet we managed to stumble upon some of what makes eating in Seattle fun.

Lunch at the J&M Café was memorable…

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