Obama’s Executive Order Protects Bristol Bay from Drilling, but not Mining


There’s a very large element missing from the executive order… The Pebble Mine.

Who Wants to Get Something Done in DC? Anyone?


Getting anything done in Washington seems impossible. Up to us to demand work and results from our representatives, which will only get done with cooperation.

Is Death With Dignity The Same As Suicide?

death bed vigil

A therapist and family caregiver ponders the implications of being able to choose the manner of our life, and death.

Return to the Wild: The Death of Chris McCandless 22 Years Later

Into the Wild, John Krakauer, Chris McCandless, Alaska, Denali National Park

Trying to imitate Chris McCandless’ life doesn’t mean you have to follow him to his death.

It’s the Ice, Stupid: The Art and Science of Climate Change


The issue of climate change is so large it can be lost to abstractions. Ice may be the key we need to regain our perspective on reality.

Searching for the Copper Salmon of O’Brian Creek

Alaska OBrian Creek 3 Dan Szczesny

An Alaskan side road takes Dan Szczesny to a local, and secret, fishing hotspot where the fish swim right into nets.

Some Final Musings About the Last Frontier

Red bush plane Stopping for a bathrrom break

As Dan Szczesny says good-bye to Alaska, he remembers the vast land with the small details that make it unlike anyplace else on earth.

Putting Alaska Behind Us: The End of the Line in Valdez

The great salmon of Valdez looms outside the visitor's center.

Dan Szczesny reaches Prince William Sound, and finds much more than oil at the end of the line in Valdez.

Searching for a Good, Stiff Breeze in Denali National Park

Denali dreamscape

Deep inside the glorious Denali National Park, Dan Szczesny and his wife have to run from predators—but probably not the sort they expected.

Touching an Ice Age on the Road to Valdez

The Worthington Glacier from the road

Dan Szczesny continues his Alaskan search for discovery by hiking into a glacier.

Alaskan Dad Battles Bear to Save Family

photo by rukakkuusamo

This week’s Manly Man Award goes a guy who’s not afraid to fight when he has to.

Shooting Incredible Hulk Teaches Daughter How to Get What You Want

The Incredible Hulk of Hunting

Writer Megan Stielstra reflects on hunting with her father and how the hunt led to love

On the Eleventh of the Eleventh

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Looking back upon what we could have learned from 9/11, Greg Olear sees only opportunists of many stripes using the events to further their agendas.

Shark Week: Close Encounters With Jeff Kurr


Discovery Channel Shark Week producer and shark expert Jeff Kurr has more advice for finding—and avoiding—close encounters of the shark kind on your summer vacation.

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Road Trip: Tips for Making Lifetime Memories


Jay Palter takes his 9 year olds on a summer road trip the whole family will appreciate now and remember, always.

The Curse of the Bastard Sons


“Nora did not tell her son many stories about his father. She preferred not to mention him at all, adhering to what she referred to as “the thumper principle” after the rabbit in Bambi: if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” By Emily Kiernan