After its gold rush days, Nome won everlasting fame as the destination of the original Iditarod dog mushing race, although it was not called that back...
Now do you want to know how Nome - without road connections, on the Bering Sea, in far west Alaska, 102 miles south of the Arctic Circle, only 161 mil...
A picture in the tourist brochure shows the Russian Orthodox Cathedral on the Aleutian island of Unalaska with a bald eagle atop the crosses on each dome and a third on the red-tiled roof to the side. But the eagles are avoiding me on my spiritual passage.
We're on a catamaran in Icy Strait off the tip of Chichagof Island in Alaska's Inside Passage, 20 miles from Glacier Bay National Park, looking for whales - and I'm hoping we don't see any since we're guaranteed a $100-rebate on the $179.75 per-person cost if we see none.
We arrive in Dutch Harbor on Unalaska, the main Aleutian island, in glorious sunshine, right on the dot -- three days, 10 hours and 45 minutes after leaving Homer, even if a little rock'n'rolling sent Yours Truly rushing for the Dramamine during the night -- twice.
You talk about transitioning to clean energy sources, but tapping into Arctic oil reserves would open a spigot that would be politically difficult for you or future presidents to turn off.
Eight hours after leaving Sand Point, Alaska Marine Highway System's good ship, Tustumena, pulls into King Cove, back on the Alaska Peninsula and home to the largest salmon cannery in North America, Peter Pan Fisheries.
There's hardly a cloud in the sky, the fjords are bathed in glorious sunlight belying their name, and the panoramas that are usually shrouded in clouds and rain are superb.
Kodiak Island, 190 miles along the Alaska Peninsula from Homer, is indeed beautiful, carpeted in dark green spruce, with lighter green meadows and hillsides. Snow still streaks its peaks in early June. Not for nothing, is it called Alaska's emerald isle. In fact, the treeless sections resemble parts of Ireland or Scotland.
Famed for its large number of magnificent craggy volcanoes and its equally magnificent animal inhabitants -- the fearsome, massive grizzlies -- it was here that Disney shot its 2014 Bears documentary.
Wildlike, a debut film written and directed by Frank Hall Green, is a nuanced, troubling, uplifting, beautifully rendered meditation on manhood and fatherhood. Its themes are timeless yet firmly rooted in here-and-now.
Barrow, the northernmost town in the United States, 350 miles north of the Arctic Circle, is a bit of a mess. It can't even make up its mind how far it actually is from the North Pole, let alone from its southern counterpoint.
Yes, we're panning for gold at Gold Dredge 8 just outside Fairbanks, and Yours Truly -- of course -- is doing it all wrong. They keep on coming over to show me how to shake the pan once I've got water in it. It seems I'm using a self-pleasuring motion instead of a full-blooded hearty to-and-fro swing.
We're off to a roaring start. My wife Rivka is coming along on an 8-day/7-night cruise up the Alaska coast. Roaring in this case means we start the great royal hunt for her passport three months before departure.
I would be lying if I said the thought of Germanwings does not cross my mind. In fact it's front and centre, left and right, uppermost and bottommost,...
We're envelopped in impenetrable fog thicker than a London pea-souper and the Radiance of the Seas is blaring its foghorn every few minutes. Thank Gawd for radar. At this rate we'd be running smack into the Hubbard Glacier and doing a Titanic instead of just admiring its supposedly brilliant blue-hued full frontal pose.