Freshly picked spruce tips season perfectly cooked halibut.

Spruce tips are easy to find here in Alaska when temperatures are just starting to get warmer and the forest is waking up. Their bright fresh flavor is citrusy with a touch of pine that complements fish beautifully in this Spruce Butter Halibut. Ingredients for Spruce Butter Halibut Handful of fresh spruce tips (approximately one…

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Freshly picked spruce tips sit in a bucket.

And lo, the winter is past! Summer in Alaska is just stunning. The weather is perfect. The days are long. Well, non stop daylight actually. And after a two week long springtime that consists of snow melting into boatloads of mud everything is finally GREEN! I am literally drawn outside into the forest by some…

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For the first time in months it’s light when I wake in the morning and as we draw close to twelve full hours of daylight I have had some time to reflect on our first Alaskan winter. When we first decided to spend the winter here one of the first things people would say to…

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One of the best parts of living in Alaska is that it’s North America’s version of an African Safari. There’s so much life living in these woods. We’ve seen bald eagles galore, flocks of Bohemian waxwings, snowshoe hare and lots of moose. There are tiny voles and massive grizzly bears. Every day is adventure so…

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Even in the midst of a pandemic Alaskans have somehow managed to still celebrate Fur Rondy. This annual festival was originally set to coincide with the arrival of trappers returning from the bush with their furs. Fur Rendezvous or Fur Rondy, as locals call it, captures the spirit of Alaska through a variety of unique…

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As I mentioned when we first decided to go to Alaska, ice fishing is definitely on the must do list for us. It’s all part of our Outdoor Education Unit for our homeschool. Here we are in December and with the sun gone and the winter chill coming, it’s time to bundle up and hit…

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Flightseeing is a great way to see Alaska. This review of Rust's Flying Service will tell you all you need to know about seeing Alaska by air!

Our preferred flightseeing partner, Rust’s Flying Service, will enhance & amplify your Alaska experience. They are truly the “shortcut” in your Alaska adventure. The views they provide are breathtaking. Plus you’ll have the opportunity to literally cover tremendous ground during your visit. You will also have a team of local, friendly experts to provide unique…

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Travel during COVID: Everything you need to know about COVID testing on arrival in Anchorage Alaska.

My experience with the COVID testing process on arrival back home to Alaska was quick and painless! I was done with the testing process less than 15 minutes after leaving the plane and I had my negative test results back in two days. Bottom line: If you are traveling to Alaska for a short period…

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