August 15, 2011, Palmer, Alaska: I just got a flush letter from a local hospital. I guess I shouldn’t have put “You have my gallbladder” and “Your nurses seem really nice” as my top reasons for wanting to work there.
Tomorrow (August 15th) is the last day in 2018 that the Sun will set after 10pm in Talkeetna, Alaska.
Carlos Castaneda meets Denali: “Does this path have a heart?”
For me, the path that led me to Alaska had a heart. For others, that path may have no heart, but another path does.
With the fireweed blooming in Alaska, summer will soon be yielding to fall and winter.
Enjoyed Cowboys & Aliens at Wasilla’s fancy new stadium seating movie theater. How strange to walk out of a theater and into a valley of fireweed surrounded by misty mountains.
(A Facebook post from Wasilla, Alaska, August 9, 2011.)
July 28, 2010, Wasilla, Alaska: Bundled up in a semi-rainproof jacket and hat, I just returned from a walk in the cold November rain. Most neighbor's fireplaces were in full use, while one man in a jacket and shorts and smoking a cigarette was mowing his weeds with his lawnmower. Hard to believe, Denali National Park closes for the winter in just six or seven weeks.
When you go to Alaska to get away from the heat and then need a break from eating fresh seafood all the time, ADN.com lists a few places where you can find a good burger in Anchorage.
Probably the most important lesson I learned from aimlessly wandering around Alaska and the Lower 48 for five years is that if you treat complete strangers as long-lost brothers and sisters that you’re meeting for the first time, the world magically becomes a better place.
A bumper sticker seen in Alaska on July 5, 2010: “I don’t mind straight people as long as they act gay in public.”