Charlie’s Bear

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 …

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 … 0 More

Charlie’s Afternoon Moose

By Evan Swensen| 02/07/2022
There was a recent time when Alaskans went hunting for the pleasure of the hunt and filling their freezers. It was before MacDonald’s, the oil boom, and animal activists. Charlie’s … 0 More

Charlie’s Deer

By Evan Swensen| 01/31/2022
Montague Island is the land barrier between the vast Pacific Ocean and Prince William Sound. Had we voyaged with Captain James Cook, we’d have taken our leave of Alaska from …

Charlie’s Dall Sheep

By Evan Swensen| 01/24/2022
Charlie’s pilot, guiding Charlie in a circling pattern over Nabesna Glacier, watched as Pettijohn greased the little Champ onto the glacier’s icy back. Charlie’s pilot continued to circle while the … 0 More

Charlie’s la Potage

By Evan Swensen| 01/16/2022
Three of my sons and I used our old Stinson Voyager Station Wagon, 1948 vintage airplane, to get us to the beginning of our hike off the Nebesna Glacier. We … C...

Margaret’s First Fish

By Evan Swensen| 01/10/2022
Margaret and I honeymooned on Nes Perce Creek in Yellowstone Park. We camped in the exact spot where I pitched my tent years earlier as a boy scout and earned … 0 More

Easten’s First Fish

By Evan Swensen| 01/03/2022
My youngest son Easten was a 10-year-old Webelo Boy Scout when he landed his first fish. Just after the snow melted, and before the ice was off the lakes, I … C...

Kathryn’s First Fish

By Evan Swensen| 12/27/2021
Steve Mahay was thinking about operating a lodge at the confluence of Clear Creek and Talkeetna River. The lodge was established, and Steve would be taking it over from the …

Betty’s First Fish

By Evan Swensen| 12/20/2021
The Talkeetna river runs toward the ocean at the foot of Mt. Mckinley, North America’s tallest mountain. Each fall, it’s not climbers that rush to Talkeetna village, located at the … 0 More

Lars’ First Fish

By Evan Swensen| 12/13/2021
Talachulitna River is a unique stream. It’s less than an hour’s flight from Anchorage in a small plane; it’s crystal clear. Almost all of it is wadable for fly-fishermen, all … 0 More

Carrie’s First Fish

By Evan Swensen| 12/06/2021
Carrie became an official angler on the spit at English Bay. She was fishing in saltwater when a 14-inch Dolly took her bait. English Bay is a short flight from … 0 More

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