Category Archives: Travel

“A Life at Sea”: My little photo essay in Alaska Magazine

Whew. Life in Kodiak, Alaska ramps up every summer: My husband Marty and I run an oceanfront B&B and host about 120 tours on our boat in the form of wildlife viewing/photo trips and gourmet dinner cruises. As the chief cook and bottle … Continue reading

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Ring bell for service: Finding Christmas spirit in a rural Alaska post office

So my husband and I are on a road trip from Kodiak Island to the big city of Anchorage, Alaska. Our journey involves a 10-hour ferry ride followed by a 5-hour drive through winter wonderlands you read about in story books. … Continue reading

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Feeling hugged in Edmonds, Washington: A photo essay

Have you ever arrived in a community and felt hugged? That was my first impression about Edmonds, Washington, my sister’s town. As we sipped coffee, sampled toasted cheese sandwiches, and strolled along the high tide mark looking for beach glass, I … Continue reading

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The journey began in 2005 with a Christmas gift…

As I sipped my coffee, a large BC Ferry made its way through the narrow, granite-lined channel in front of the bed and breakfast we were staying in on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. It was October 11, a soft, overcast … Continue reading

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When you don’t need words

I was photographing at Butchart Gardens in Victoria, BC recently, bedazzled by the amazing display of dahlias. I was having a lot of fun composing the sea anemone-like shapes, textures and Life-Savers candy colors. After a little while, I pulled out … Continue reading

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My favorite smartphone photo apps for travel

Every winter, Marty and I exit Alaska in search of new hiking trails and a Vitamin D fix. This year was different. First, we traveled by land-yacht (RV), and second, I vowed to play with my iPhone’s photo apps. How did it … Continue reading

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A trip down Red Zinger lane

Ever had a roommate that changed your life? In 1976, I lived in a small 2-bedroom apartment in north Seattle’s Green Lake district. My roommate, Cathy Childs, was 15 years older than me. She had long blonde hair (with split … Continue reading

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Pausing for Puffins: A photo essay

Everybody loves puffins, those pudgy sea parrots , with beaks like striped candy, wings like stubby oars, and orange feet like fly swatters. I have a special fondness for puffins. I watch for their return to Kodiak Island in late … Continue reading

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Bees, races and wild orchids: Springtime in Kodiak, Alaska

Spring doesn’t arrive in Alaska, it splashes, blooms, buzzes and erupts. Let me describe it in pictures for you… I’m fascinated and humbled by bumblebees; their ability to survive the winter and get out and about in cold, wet conditions … Continue reading

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Make your own spiced hot cocoa mix

After two weeks of vacationing in Hawaii, it was time to fly back to Kodiak, Alaska. Six hours in the air. My butt hurt. As the jet neared the end of the runway however, the pilot apparently didn’t like what … Continue reading

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