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Chicken, Alaska

Chicken, Alaska

Imagine a mining camp turned near-ghost town, crossed with a kitschy tourist trap. Give it a single-digit population, then put it several hours away from the nearest town, along a rarely used, questionably maintained, road to nowhere. Welcome to Beautiful Downtown...
Boundary, Alaska

Boundary, Alaska

Boundary, Alaska, doesn’t exist. It looks like it does on the map, where it’s a little dot along the Top of The World Highway. It’s just about the only dot in the 100 or so miles – narrow, twisty, frequently unpaved miles – between Dawson...
2014: All Over the Map

2014: All Over the Map

I really thought 2014 would be different. I had plans. I had goals. 2014 was going to be the year everything finally made sense. I forgot one little detail: this is me.   I have no idea how to sum up the year. A year, overall, is still apparently too much time...
The Alaska Marine Highway

The Alaska Marine Highway

For such a big state, Alaska doesn’t have all that many major roads. For a lot of Alaska, driving from town to town just isn’t an option. It might seem strange to have a capitol city that no one can drive to, but in all of Southwest Alaska, there are...
Sweet to Lick Vegan Bakery

Sweet to Lick Vegan Bakery

I didn’t set out looking for a vegan bakery. But I can’t just walk past a place like it has good cookies, and the signs outside Sweet to Lick seemed to speak to my very soul. (My soul spends a lot of time thinking about cookies.) Inside, it was one of the...
Rockaway Beach, NYC: Nature, Art, and Ruins.

Rockaway Beach, NYC: Nature, Art, and Ruins.

Confession time: I hate beaches. Oh, I love a good shoreline. I love the ocean. But a beach with perfect, white sand, where I can sit and soak up the sun? I’d rather be at the dentist. There’s just something sterile and artificial about most beaches that...

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