Skagway: A Gateway

Skagway means the windy place. With only 27 inches of moisture a year, Skagway is known as the sunshine capital of southeast Alaska. Its soil is rich and with the summer hours of the long daylight or Midnight sun, visitors will be surprised at the enormous growth of vegetation and flowers. The height of the…Read more »

Denali

I recently visited the Denali National Park and Reserve. Denali is the highest mountain peak in North America at 20,310 feet. It’s located in Alaska. The mountain was first named McKinley in 1896 for President W. McKinley, but the original Athabascan name was Denali. The Alaskan Board changed the name back to Denali, but it…Read more »

Mt. Rainer’s Wonders

One of the best things about living in Washington state is the view of Mt. Rainier. At 14, 410 ft. high, Mt. Rainier is the tallest peak in the Cascade Range. It is an evolving landscape of forests, meadows, glaciers, and craters. It is a place of untrammeled  freedom from development and a place of…Read more »

Superstition & Song

Some of you may remember a parent or grandparent saying this ditty before you went to sleep. “Sleep tight. Don’t let the bedbugs bite.” Did you know it was based on truth? Old superstitions and religion thought it evil to bathe more than a month at a time. It was thought a sign of vanity.…Read more »