Alaska Tour Series

Witnessing the Cycle of Life in an Alaska Rainforest

In the sparkling shallows below, a large paw plunges into the creek. It darts so quickly I wonder if I’ve really seen it. It comes up empty. Trying a new tactic, the bear dunks his whole shaggy head in and finally snags a squirming salmon, beautiful pinks and greens flashing [...]

September 22, 2015

First People in Alaska – Tlingit

Her dark chocolate hair perched in a topknot, with wisps of baby hair framing her deep almond eyes, two-year-old Boo’s moccasins gently shuffle in the gravel as she studies me keenly, standing sentinel at the door to her family’s house near Ketchikan, Alaska. A traditional [...]

September 16, 2015

Seeing Alaska from Up High

Crystal clear lakes, verdant pines and massive snow-capped mountains fly by as the train jiggles along the track from Skagway, Alaska to White Pass Summit. As a rule, I avoid waking up before sunrise, but the spectacular views make it worthwhile. I sit in my padded seat, nose [...]

September 15, 2015

Sea to Sky By Plane

As I climb into my tattered beige seat in the eight-passenger Cessna, I feel a flash of trepidation. I’ve never flown a plane, yet somehow find myself playing co-pilot for my first scenic flight from Juneau, over Alaska’s famous icefields. As a professional traveler, I prowl [...]

September 11, 2015