Reclaimed

This story originally appeared in the March 2017 issue of 61°North Magazine. Kodiak Island is hard on buildings. Wood rots. Metal rusts. Rain finds the leaks. Freight is expensive. People here reuse for economy and practicality, like the shipping containers repurposed...
24 hours in Whittier

24 hours in Whittier

By Kirsten Swann One of the best things about Whittier is getting there in the first ricelace. Visitors arrive either by land, through a two-and-a-half mile tunnel beneath Maynard Mountain, or by sea, through striking Prince William Sound. Once there, your options...
Alaska ferries: The budget traveler’s cruise ships

Alaska ferries: The budget traveler’s cruise ships

ON BOARD THE MV LECONTE — Thanks to smart phones, I’ve filed stories from some pretty interesting places — from lighthouses, from inside cars, even trailside at cross-country ski races. But this is the first time I’ve ever written one from a ferry. I cover the...
A day in Dutch Harbor

A day in Dutch Harbor

The boarding passes say Dutch Harbor, the sign outside the airport says Unalaska and old-timers might call it Ounalashka. Confused? Never fear: The three names refer to the same place — the biggest city in the Aleutian Islands.  One of the busiest fishing ports...