Just For Girls: Fishing in Alaska

Red (Sockeye) salmon in full spawning colors.  Summer of 2007.  Little Susitna River, Mat-Su Valley.
Red (Sockeye) salmon in full spawning colors. Summer of 2007. Little Susitna River, Mat-Su Valley.

Alaska is truly an equal opportunity state when it comes to gender and is one of my favorite things about this place! In Alaska, we womenfolk are welcomed (perhaps, even expected) on outdoor adventures. We chop and carry firewood. If we live in dry cabins, we haul water. We hunt, fish, hike and get dirty!  Nobody questions our physical fortitude, we are equal partners in these parts.

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Recipes from Alaska

I should preface this series with saying that I am the baker in the house, Ben is the chef.  I’m a good cook as well, I just happen to enjoy baking more than cooking. The exceptions to this rule are the nights when I start reading Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, vacations when I wander aimlessly through local markets in search of new culinary delights or other times in life when I have minimal responsibilities and can really enjoy creating a meal.  The first recipe in this series — Salmon Alfredo; was a happy accident I created when I took a summer off after grad school.  In our day to day lives, I’m more likely to be responsible for our dessert favorites.

Example: Delicious Apple Pie
Example: Delicious Apple Pie

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It’s a Dog’s Life…RV Style Part 1–Alaska Unleashed

We have two dogs.  In the picture below, you’ll see Shelby, a Jack Russell Terrier Mix on the left and Remington, a Springer Spaniel on the right.  Anyone who knows us will tell you we have two of the most spoiled canines on the planet.  They love our RV, because packing up the motorhome means they get to go with us!  No doubt you are familiar with everything you need to do to care for your four-legged critters on the road.  This article will familiarize yourself with the rules of the road Fido is likely to encounter in Alaska.

Ready to go in the RV
Ready to go in the RV

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