Category Archives: Flora

Questions Frequently Asked by Tourists on St. Paul Island, Alaska

One reason I haven’t posted much lately here is that I’ve been working on this FAQs document for my job with St. Paul Island Tours. The idea was that, as a newbie tour guide, I would learn the answers if … Continue reading

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Clifftop

No cloud touches the sky. Instead of summer fog and driving wind, the Bering Sea gives diamonds. Pup-sized, sun-bleached seal scapula lies at the top edge of the cliff. Bones go to the earth To the sea To the animals … Continue reading

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Old Ocean

There are a handful of places in the world that feel like home at first sight. Like love at first sight, who knows how it works? It’s a feeling of recognition that can’t be explained; a familiarity even though you’ve … Continue reading

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The Joy of Not Knowing

We emerge from the smoggy, gauzy, familial holiday cocoon; navigate the landmines of expedition preparations and packing; survive the stalled outlet-shopper traffic on the I-5; exit the highway at Eugene and head east. As the sun sets we leave the … Continue reading

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First Impressions: Eagle

This is a strong place. The air is clean and clear, with a scent of sticky cottonwood buds.  It hasn’t rained for a while.  Rings of yellow pollen encircle puddles.  A fine dust – rock ground to flour by distant … Continue reading

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Adventure Class

The Alaska Railroad’s Denali Star train rumbles smoothly along, headed north.  I’m going from Anchorage to Fairbanks, on my way to a new job on the Yukon River.  My ticket is rated “Adventure Class.”  Sounds good, like one I would … Continue reading

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Hurricanes

From my window in the Shack, I can look across the Slough and see the guys from HEA working to get the power back on.  They’re lighting up their work area with trucks’ headlights — it’s 6:15 pm and has … Continue reading

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