Alaska 2117

This story originally appeared in the March 2017 issue of 61°North Magazine. Summer 2015. Southcentral Alaska. The road north passes through familiar scenery: hay flats near Palmer, lakes by Wasilla, scattered homes and businesses and forest in between. Then somewhere...
Last call in Ketchikan

Last call in Ketchikan

In the bustling Ketchikan Visitors Bureau, a woman scrawled on a whiteboard with the smooth red ink of a felt-tip marker: “Ship departs at 2 p.m.” Behind her was a frenzied dance of newcomers, fresh off the MS Volendam, the last cruise ship to make port in Ketchikan...
Welcome to the Kasaan Whale House

Welcome to the Kasaan Whale House

Drumbeats resound through the forest as I make my way along the Kasaan Totem Trail to the Whale House. The Haida singers’ voices, rhythmic and strong, fill the trees. The easy trail is wide and flat, and soon there is a view of the beach through the forest fringe. I...