Alaska Traveler: Dispatches from America's Last Frontier
This is a collection of travel articles on Alaska, most of which Dana Stabenow wrote for her column in Alaska Magazine. The articles are interesting and the content is pretty varied, from general travel tips and descriptions of glaciers to vignettes of life in the bush and accounts of local celebrations. I learned a ton, and it inspired me to return to Alaska. However, the style and structure can get a little samey if you try to read too many close together. I recommend enjoying them in small doses.
And you can easily read them this way, because it's FREE on Amazon!
Some of my favorite articles:
Ch 4: “Alaska Travel Etiquette”—handy for tourists and culturally interesting.
Ch 12: “I Hear the Train A-Coming”—about the Hurricane Turn flagstop route on the Alaskan Railroad
Ch 16: “Thar She Blows”—about Sitka’s Whale Fest
Ch 17: “Dogs and Beans”—about the start of the Iditarod, from the point of view of normal residents of Anchorage
Ch 20-21: “In the Shadow of the Great One”—about Denali
Ch 24: “Carving History in Ketchikan”—about totems and other carvings by the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian
Ch 29: “Two Points, Big Team, Two Points”—about the basketball culture of small-town Alaska
Ch 38: “Boardwalk Boogie”—about a music festival (and life) in the tiny community of Pelican.
Ch 46: “Some Say in Ice”—about an ice-carving festival
Ch 57: “Marine Pilots”—about the pilots who guide big ships into ports and such.
My overall rating: FOUR STARS