For days now, Bethel residents have been watching the Kuskokwim River and Facebook, checking with friends and testing the waters for any sign of smelt, the first fresh fish of the year. On Monday, May 25, 2015, the sparkly little fish started hitting Bethel.
Travelers seeking discount lodging off the beaten path can find it at its most rugged in Alaska, thanks to an increasing number of hosts offering everything from backcountry yurts to cabins, even a tent in Northwest Alaska.
What if you could surf and paddle off a virtually untouched beach? In Alaska, that's still possible. See photos from one writer's four-day trip aboard the Milo, a commercial fishing vessel turned seaworthy surfmobile.