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A Restock and Recharge Along the Pipeline’s Path

A Restock and Recharge Along the Pipeline’s Path

FAIRBANKS — I left my home here to begin a hike along the Trans-Alaska pipeline in late April. Returning in June, I am stunned by the green of it all. It’s like winter to summer in one day. I’ve been in Alaska’s second-largest city for a few days…

Steller Sea Lion Aerial Survey

Steller Sea Lion Aerial Survey

The NOAA Twin Otter plane we will be flying in for the 2017 Steller sea lion aerial survey.   Photo credit: NOAA Fisheries June 21, 2017 — It is impossible to know exactly how many Steller sea lions are in the ocean. Luckily, the sea lions converge every…

Native Americans Call For Rethink of Bering Strait Theory

Native Americans Call For Rethink of Bering Strait Theory

It’s one of the most contentious debates in anthropology today: Where did America’s first peoples come from — and when? The general scientific consensus is that a single wave of people crossed a long-vanished land bridge from Siberia into Alaska around 13,000 years ago. But some Native Americans…

A Wilderness Feel Along an Industrial Path

A Wilderness Feel Along an Industrial Path

GOLD RUN CREEK — This clear waterway running through boreal swampland marks the farthest Cora and I will…

Roadhouse Provides a Rest along the Trail

Roadhouse Provides a Rest along the Trail

RIKA’S ROADHOUSE — Sitting in the shade of a poplar, I watch the Tanana River flow by. It’s…

Sharing the Trail with Born Alaskans

Sharing the Trail with Born Alaskans

Who is this girl, hair in braids, emerging from the tent with a full backpack? She is 10…

Gear has Come a Long Way in 20 Years

Gear has Come a Long Way in 20 Years

When I walked this same path 20 years ago, I averaged six miles each day. After a few…

Lots of Quiet Time in the Big Lonely

Lots of Quiet Time in the Big Lonely

I walked around the chain-link fence of Pump Station 12 of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, apprehensive about the human…

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