Weekend in Denmark…..

A few weekends ago, I was able to visit the charming Danish city of Copenhagen. We took the overnight bus and arrived bright and early around 8:30am. Surprisingly, I slept on the bus! But I think I’m getting too old for long bus rides. Copenhagen is adorable. It’s super easy to get around and super…

Halo Berlin!

I have to confess, I’m been away from home for over a month and haven’t written a single blog post. But, I have a good excuse. Great, even. I’m at a dissertation writing workshop, a “boot camp” if you will, with NYU here in Berlin, Germany for a chunk of the summer. I spent my…

Better late than never, starting 2017 on the Block

I do realize that February is nearly half over and New Years is well past. I’m on sabbatical working full time on my PhD now and my brain is constantly and nervously full of research and writing. But as I take a moment to start a new book (pleasure reading!!! My long lost friend), I…

Happy 100th Birthday to the National Park Service!

Today our National Park Service turned 100 years old! The National Park Service is the government agency that manages all our national parks, many of our national monuments and historical properties. Happy Birthday National Park Service, and thank you for continuing to protect some of our most valuable places and resources. So as I enjoy…

Distributing a delicate balance

During our time in Seward last week, we did a wildlife tour with Kenai Fjord Tours. For ten hours or so, we cruised around the Kenai Fjord in search of wildlife (aka whales) and pristine landscapes (aka glaciers). We were able to see a lot of wildlife, but the whales were rather elusive. We caught…

Into the wild

Though surprisingly difficult to imagine “nature” while immersed in New York City, I often have to spend a great deal of time thinking about nature and the natural world when I’m working (aka teaching). I’d hardly call it work, though. My first day in Denali allowed me to connect with nature, as we explored a…

Heading down to the Kenai Peninsula

We left Healy early on Monday morning after one last delicious homemade breakfast at the wonderful Denali Dome Home and made a quick stop at the Denali book store. We had a long drive down to Seward, with a bathroom/ice cream break (yes, those two can go hand-in-hand), a quick drive-by of Sarah Palin’s house (we…

Rock or bear? You decide.

There was a moment today, when everyone was yelling that they saw a bear. A grizzly bear! They pointed to the location, so I located said bear, and started to shoot. My camera, clearly not a gun. I took about ten photos before Amanda pointed out I wasn’t looking at the bear. I missed the…

Fun en route to Denali

We left Fairbanks after an amazing stop at Gold Daughters, where we panned for gold for a few hours. This place is owned by two local women and is a total blast, we all found some gold and had a great time outside panning in the troughs. If you’re in Fairbanks, it’s worth checking out…

Two thumbs up for Fairbanks!!! (Especially Pioneer Park)

Thumbs up all around for our big day in Fairbanks. In fact, five stars.  We started off in Creamer’s Field (after an adventurous turn at the Mc Donald’s drive-through to get coffees. Note to self: just go inside the store). We had a nice viewing of some geese and (sandhill) cranes in the old fields…

Touring around Anchorage

We got in Saturday night and headed off to our accommodations, which were centrally located and super cute. We walked over to 49th State Brewing Company for dinner and beer, which was really all we could manage to accomplish after a long day of travel. But it was a nice introduction to Alaska and our…

Preview of Denali and the joys of Talkeetna

So today we spent a lot of time in the car. A LOT. But what a nice drive! We left Palmer and got on the road to Fairbanks. Our first stop (well, our only real stop) was a visit to the charming town of Talkeetna. This town not only welcomes tourists, they insist you act…