Category: Journal


Too Many Options

There are too many options. Too many things pulling me in too many directions. I’m discovering that I say yes way to often. That I have way too many ideas(I’ve know that for sometime). I want to do everything. To take every opportunity, but it’s not possible. I’m seeing that a lot with work. I […]

A 6.4 Grizzly

I’m walking through the woods in the Alaskan back country. There’s a trail but I’m not 100% sure where we are or what it’s called. It’s just me, my buddy, some chick, Bobby and Freija. I have no idea who the girl was. Anyhow, my buddy sits back for a minute with his dog. I […]

The Accidental Pick Up Line

This is really a pointless story but in my mind it’s kind of funny so I decided to write it down: It’s new years eve, so Tyler and I hit the town. Anchorage is supposed to be having a celebration of some sort. We walk around through crowds of people. They are all going the […]

Never Come Back Again

I’m sitting in Starbucks, as usual this time of day, a song catches my attention which is unusual. Starbucks music is hit or miss here. One day, I swear they played the entire Fantasia soundtrack. All I could think about were hippos dancing in pink tutus. I wouldn’t normally get up and ask them to […]

How to see the Northern Lights in Alaska

The Aurora Borealis is always there but you don’t just walk outside and see it. It appears, disappears, and reappears again. Some nights it’s more alive than others. Many people come to Alaska and never catch a glimpse of it. Others see it without realizing that they have. Knowing how to plan for it and […]

The Divorce of a Dreamer

“You’re living the dream.” I hear that a lot. And yeah, this is my dream, at least the start of it. It’s a bit surreal honestly. I’m in Alaska! ALASKA! There’s snow everywhere. I can go sledding anytime I want. Explore ice caves. Conquer mountains, or at least try. It’s better than any Narnia. But […]

Darkness on the Granite Tors Trail

Darkness comes early in Fairbanks. We’re 6 miles from the truck, looking for a snow covered trail on a mountain that’s completely white. We’re not lost but the trail is gone, at least for the moment. We know it’s somewhere on this ridge, and walk back an forth looking for signs of it. No worries, […]

Hiking the Crow Pass National Historic Trail

It gets dark around 7:30pm now. I’m packing, trying to get everything ready for tomorrow’s hike. I’m going to camp at Eagle River to ensure that I get an early start. If I can get there before the sunsets, I’ll be able to hike a mile or two and make tomorrow a little shorter. I’m […]

Thoughts on Chris McCandless and Adventure

Not everyone is capable of understanding and that’s OK. None of us are alike in the way we think or live our lives. I believe our differences are what make the world interesting. Some of us are made to live a quiet lives while others are made to rule kingdoms. Some are made to walk […]

Hiking the Stampede Trail to the Magic Bus

It’s dark when I reach the trail head which is as far as I can drive on Stampede Road. I make camp in the truck bed near 8mile lake. It’s cold. I’m testing my gear before I go. Bobby and I squeeze into a bivy sack. This sleeping bag isn’t warm enough, so I switch […]

A Walk in the Snow

You could easily disappear in Alaska. DriveĀ  a few minutes outside of Anchorage and the wild is at your fingertips. I hike up pioneer ridge to find the snow progressively getting deeper. It’s almost 2 feet deep in places and that’s as deep of snow as I’ve really every been in; apart from the blizzard […]

An Alaskan Winter

I step out onto the back porch and know I’ve made the right choice. Snow already covers the mountains and soon it will cover the ground. “I want to have a real winter!” I’ve been saying that for the past few months. More importantly I want develop some mountaineering & back country skills. Two weeks […]

An Unbalanced Force

Disclaimer: It’s heavy. This isn’t a post you want to read, it’s not filled with adventure and pretty pictures. It’s filled with thoughts and things that normal people don’t talk about. Things that some may interpret poorly and say, “You need to go to counseling”. Is it bad that I’m already dreading the Christian comments […]

1 2 3 4 15