Last year, we counted off the signs of civilization as we lost them. This year, those same amenities crowd back into our vision like not-particularly-welcome relatives.
I’m not sure who’s suffering more, the car or Mary. I’ll push the liquids at both of them.
Liard Hot Springs Provincial Park is a hot-spot for bear-human interaction, and this year was particularly hard.
Wandering around Denali last week, I came upon a sign bearing a faded picture of a painting by Belmore Browne. A hundred years ago, this artist came within a few hundred feet of being the first person to scale the mountain then known as McKinley. Now he’s pretty much forgotten. In 1906 explorer Frederick Cook […]
At Mile Marker 91 on the Alaska (ALCAN) Highway, we ground to a stop in a line of trucks. After sitting for 30 minutes the trucker behind us got out and peed on his tire. Another fifteen minutes and I got my sketchbook out. “A motorcyclist is lying across the road. We’re not going anywhere,” […]
As every schoolchild knows, the grain elevator was invented by Joseph Dart, Jr. in 1843 in Buffalo, NY. Dart’s elevator was a wood-cribbed design that was replaced with the hulking concrete behemoths that still line Buffalo today. They are both a blessing and a curse. While “elevator alley” along the Buffalo River is an historic […]
In less than four weeks, I embark on an odd and interesting trip. Four of us are delivering a small SUV to Anchorage, Alaska. Because it will contain most of my daughter’s worldly goods, I intend to keep my luggage down to a carry-on bag, my laptop, my camera, and, of course, a small watercolor […]