Alaska

Bird Creek Trail

Bird Creek Trail

By Evan Swensen| 05/23/2022
Bird Creek Trail begins in a birch forest and climbs into an alpine area above Turnagain Arm. It is one of the first hikes open to sufferers of cabin fever. In early spring, warm Chinook winds blowing from Prince William Sound over Portage Pass into ...

Anchorage is only 30 Minutes From Alaska

By Evan Swensen| 05/16/2022
It has been said that Anchorage is only 30 minutes from Alaska. Alaska is not in the city or along the Highway. Alaska, the real Alaska, is only 30 minutes away from these. Alaska is wilderness. It is hiking the wild, fishing in unpolluted water, sig...

Hiking Alaska

By Evan Swensen| 05/09/2022
Which trail is the best trail in Alaska to hike? The one you’re hiking on, of course! Pick out a trail and gear up! Hiking Alaska is like hiking an area the size of thirteen states. It’s as big as Texas times two. Alaska has the largest N...

Charlie’s Last Flight

By Evan Swensen| 05/02/2022
Eight-five-seven Charlie was a 1948 Stinson model 108-3. She was born red. In the last year of her life, she changed her dress, and she became metallic blue, with a white stripe running the entire length of her somewhat pudgy fuselage. Before becomin...

Charlie’s Last Freedom Flight

By Evan Swensen| 04/25/2022
Charlie’s pilot’s son Jesse’s first sheep hunt took place on Mt. Gordon among other snow-capped peaks of the Wrangells. It was in the days before the National Park Service entered the scene and stopped hunters from hunting and flyer...

Charlie’s Prince or Pauper

By Evan Swensen| 04/18/2022
Charlie’s pilot traveled to Southwest Alaska in the old 1948 Stinson Voyager, 857 Charlie. Charlie’s pilot’s daughter, her friend, and her friend’s father completed the party. They flew through scenic Lake Clark Pass and lande...

Charlie’s Ghost Moose

By Evan Swensen| 04/11/2022
“Ted,” said Charlie’s pilot, as Charlie pointed her faded red nose north, “I know a place where an old, woods-wise moose hangs out. Let’s motor over there and take a look.” Ted and Charlie’s pilot were on their way to rendezvous with on...

Charlie’s Missing Moose

By Evan Swensen| 04/04/2022
Gravel sprayed off the big tires of 857 Charlie and peppered her horizontal stabilizer. Her aeronautical designers back in 1947 never envisioned her landing on a gravel bar off the Big Susitna River in Alaska. She was made to fly from airport to airp...

Charlie’s Fifth Moose

By Evan Swensen| 03/28/2022
The subsistence hunter’s moose was deposited safely with the hunter’s family, but he was still on the lake, probably spending the night with the lake’s lone resident, a trapper in his cabin. If he didn’t stay with the trapper,...

Charlie’s Denali Moose

By Evan Swensen| 02/28/2022
Ted Pyrah has a heart big as the Matanuska Valley in which he resides. His big heart caused him to agree to accompany a lady senior citizen caribou hunter the air taxi operator would not take out alone. “I don’t know whether he’s afraid for me ...

Charlie’s Bear

By Evan Swensen| 02/21/2022
Morning was well underway when Lynn Dean met Charlie’s pilot at Lake Hood Airstrip. Yesterday had been a long, hard day. They’d put in most of a day’s work and then field-dressed and packed out half a moose. Lynn decided to take his...

Charlie’s Parachute Experience

By Evan Swensen| 02/14/2022
The boy scouts of Troop 188 had earned their way to a remote camping adventure on Alaska’s Lake Louise. But, as in all great adventures, much of the adventure was found in the preparation. Not only did the troop prepare the usual things like ge...

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