I stopped climbing to look back down the mountain toward the Matanuska-Susitna Valley below. The sun was dipping behind the ridgeline above me and I became shrouded in shadow. The beauty of the scene was overwhelming, but the mystery of the abandoned gold mine tugged at something inside me a…

I blinked my eyes in disbelief. One of the most terrifying-looking creatures I had ever seen was mere inches from my face. From my point of view, the thing looming over me looked like a dangerous cross between a dinosaur and some sort of futuristic mechanical killing machine. 

A pitch black sky greeted us with twinkling stars when we left the house that morning. It was the first cool morning in September and there was an inviting chill in the air when we stepped outside. We were not out for adventure, but you never know when life will grant you its greatest gifts. 

I veered off the beaten path at Milner Pass in search of a mountain lake and better wildlife viewing opportunities. Carefully stepping around the large pools of groundwater and through the thick mud on what was left of the path, I ventured farther into the wilderness. The lonely freedom of t…

Daylight was beginning to fade when I arrived back at the secluded location and I decided to join my family in the rustic cabin. I walked across the raised boardwalk to the cabin door and paused to take one last look at the colors of the darkening sky. Absolute silence enveloped me and I dec…

My head was swimming with the sounds of a typical day in the city. Honking horns, blaring sirens, and the buzz of activity were coming at me from every angle. A faint pain started to well up just behind my temple and I began feeling the urge to escape into the great outdoors so I could liste…

The anticipation was almost overwhelming us as we turned onto the dirt road and ventured into the wilderness of Alaska. My wife, Summer was hurriedly giving me directions while our teenage son, Luke, laughed at the seriousness with which we were undertaking our quest. He did not yet understa…

We made it through the Cat’s Pajamas relatively unscathed as our raft rocked and rolled, but only took on a minimal amount of water. Our group included six whitewater rafting novices and they began celebrating as though we had won Olympic gold. Jake Trotter of ACE Ocoee Adventures then snapp…

I stepped through our front door early that morning and was greeted by a large bull moose standing in the driveway. He looked me in the eye and moved toward the field next to our house where a small herd of caribou picked their way through Alaska cottongrass. The piercing call of an American…

A mysterious mist fell through the still air of the forest. The light of day was blocked from entering the woods and I strained to see past the tree in front of me. I cautiously picked my way through the thick stand of trees.

“The greatest wonder is that we can see these trees and not wonder more.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson