Wednesday, September 11, 2019

A review of my story, "Foreign Bodies."



I just got a mention in an article by Karen Burnham in Locus Magazine.  She reviewed recent science fiction and fantasy in Deep Magic, Constellary Tales, Samovar, and Strange Horizons.  That included my sci-fi story, "Foreign Bodies," published in Deep Magic.  It's one of my favorite tales from my Colony series. 

Read here to see what she said about my work:  Focus Magazine:  Karen Burnham Reviews Short Fiction




Sunday, September 8, 2019

Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska

From my recent trip to Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska, mid August:

Sheer fjord walls carved by long-ago glaciers
Swimming-pool-blue water, the color caused by current glaciers depositing silt into water

One of the many waterfalls pouring into the fjord

For a bit of perspective, see that tiny-looking white boat on the bottom left?  It's not so tiny.  It's 143 feet long and has cabins for 54 passengers.

Views over the bow

Just another pretty view

Approaching Sawyer Glacier

Sawyer Glacier, impressive in white and blue.
We got far closer this trip than the first time we came. 

So blue and glassy on the far right side that I wonder if there was recently a big calving event there.  

Harbor seals hanging out on the ice.  Yes, those are all seals.
Here's a close-up:


And mountain goats

Sailing out in the afternoon.  A great day!


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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Graveyard of the Pacific by Anthony Dalton


I saw this book in the library, and because I'm planning a sea voyage that will pass that way, I thought I'd read it.  If I were a nervous sailor, that might have been a really stupid decision.  So many shipwrecks and tragedies have occurred in and around the Juan De Fuca Strait between Vancouver Island and the Washington coast, and this book tells about them in straightforward--but sometimes chilling--prose.  

The stories aren't dramatized much, but give enough information for your own imagination to take hold.

Though parts of the first chapter were quite dry, and I wished some of the nautical terms had been better explained, it was a very interesting read.  And a testament to the power of the sea.  

I loved the photographs and drawings throughout, but I would really have appreciated a map.  Thank goodness for Google.  

I would read more by Anthony Dalton.  





Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Kayaking by a Glacier

Wouldn't this be fun?
Kayaker on Mendenhall Lake, Juneau


I talked to this couple (there was a second kayak).  They were traveling around with their kayaks in their jeep, camping and going wherever they wanted.  Fantastic adventure. 



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Monday, August 5, 2019

Snow in June in Arizona

Snow in June is not such a strange thing.  Hiking in Alaska, for example, it's not uncommon at all to find snow on the trail.  Hiking in Arizona is generally a different matter.  In much of the state, June hiking is a hot and downright dangerous affair because of the heat.  No snow allowed!  But this is the trail to Humphrey's Peak, at about 9000 feet of elevation.  And in the middle of June, this is what I found.



I was just training that day, breaking in new shoes and testing my high-elevation comfort level.

I plan to go back before summer ends and do the whole trail.  And I'll certainly post about it.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Free Town Shuttle in Ketchikan

If you're visiting Ketchikan, Alaska, consider yourself lucky.  I love the town.



To make it even better, there's a free town shuttle that runs every day May-September, every 20 minutes.  It'll take you to some popular Ketchikan sites, like:

-The entrance of Creek Street at Thomas Basin (Steadman Street/Thomas Basin is the closest stop, though you'll have to backtrack about 200-300 yards)

-The Totem Heritage Center (also the closest stop to the Deer Mountain trailhead, though the trailhead is still a bit of an uphill walk from there)

-The middle of Creek Street (The Museum stop is near the historical museum by the pedestrian bridge that crosses Ketchikan Creek)

-All the cruise ship docks

The free shuttle is super convenient for those with some mobility issues or those who want to save their energy for other walking.

Here's the Ketchikan bus schedule.  It includes both the free shuttle loop and the regular lines.  


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Saturday, July 27, 2019

Veit Springs Trail, near Flagstaff

Aspen on the Veit Springs Trail near Flagstaff, on the way up to Snowbowl 
(park at the small parking lot at one of the nearly hairpin turns)


Wild irises, mid June:


An old building to protect and/or steal the spring from wildlife:


After exploring the Veit Springs area, I took a not-very-well-marked connector trail across the road to the famous Arizona Trail.  


There weren't a lot of views, but they were pretty:


And I met this guy:


More pretty trail, nearing Aspen Corner:


The views opened up:


My ride picked me up at Aspen Corner.

A great little hike.  I really enjoyed the Veit Springs area.  So green and pretty.