It takes a leader

One of the best lead dogs Iditarod musher Jeff King ever had was also one of the best bargains of his mushing career. In exchange for 100 pounds of outdated hamburger, the then-struggling young musher acquired Hickory, a feisty brown puppy whose best friend was a cat and who learned how to run while balancing himself on the gangline like a tightrope walker.

Watching the women tackle Fireweed 400

I'll never forget the July 2006 late-night arrival of Jeff Oatley, the current record-holder of the Fireweed 400 Ultracycling Race. Oatley shattered the previous record, riding through a brutal rain in unseasonably cold weather and in the dark of night, in the popular Alaska race in 19 hours, 56 minutes and 32 seconds. Pedaling into the parking lot at Sheep Mountain Lodge, he was nearly hypothermic, semi-coherent and ready to be off the bike.

Watching the women tackle Fireweed 400

I'll never forget the July 2006 late-night arrival of Jeff Oatley, the current record-holder of the Fireweed 400 Ultracycling Race. Oatley shattered the previous record, riding through a brutal rain in unseasonably cold weather and in the dark of night, in the popular Alaska race in 19 hours, 56 minutes and 32 seconds. Pedaling into the parking lot at Sheep Mountain Lodge, he was nearly hypothermic, semi-coherent and ready to be off the bike.

Clamming claims a convert

After taking the first bite of the delicious razor clam, pulled from the beach along Deep Creek that very day, dredged in flour, egg and crackers and deep-fried to perfection, I was dumbfounded that I have let this much time pass living in Alaska having never eaten one before.

Spring wakes up my salmon taste buds

With the arrival of Memorial Day weekend I have been struck with the desire to fill our freezer with salmon. It actually started a week ago, while at some friends' house, sitting around a bonfire and eating salmon that had been grilled over the flames.

Spring wakes up my salmon taste buds

With the arrival of Memorial Day weekend I have been struck with the desire to fill our freezer with salmon. It actually started a week ago, while at some friends' house, sitting around a bonfire and eating salmon that had been grilled over the flames.

Remember we share the great outdoors

The chaos of a dog team gone wild jolted me out of sleep and I immediately -- as is my custom if the dogs ever disturb the nighttime peace in our neighborhood -- began to get out of bed to see what the fuss was about.

Remember we share the great outdoors

The chaos of a dog team gone wild jolted me out of sleep and I immediately -- as is my custom if the dogs ever disturb the nighttime peace in our neighborhood -- began to get out of bed to see what the fuss was about.

Forced reflection isn't always a bad thing

It felt like slow motion but happened all too fast: the rear tire sliding out on loose gravel, the bike falling over, an instinctive effort to pull out of my clipless pedals. Then came the sickening pull and snap that I knew was a serious injury before even coming to a stop on the gravel-littered roadway.

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