Navigating Salmon in Alaska

To many of us, salmon are just another type of fish we might eat. But to the people of Alaska, this is a fish that may have even a spiritual meaning…

Aboard An Alaskan Riverboat

When the city of Fairbanks swelled with the Klondike gold rush in the late 1800s, a fleet of riverboats began to sail the river waters hauling supplies. When the riverboats came, something else began to change…

Riding Alaska’s Riverboat Discovery

When you think of a riverboat captain, you probably think of life on the Mississippi, Ohio or Missouri. Instead, we’ll ride a river in Alaska…

Building An Alaskan Highway

It’s a chore for most states to build and repair roads and bridges. Mary Carey fought with her state for ten years to simply get a road…

Headed North To Alaska

Jean Richardson’s mother had always dreamed of moving to Alaska and teaching school there. When she did move north, the opportunity she was given was one most people would not accept, but it still turned out to be a place she put down roots…

An Iceberg Expert

If there is such a thing as a famous iceberg, it would probably be the chuck of ice that sunk the Titanic. If there is such a thing as an expert on icebergs, it would probably be Mary Bloom…

Alaska’s Famous Ice

Alaska has plenty to offer visitors when it comes to natural beauty. One of the most popular attractions for tourists is to board a ship and see the ice that the state is famous for…

Inside the Ice Museum

There are many natural hot springs around the world, but it’s safe to say the man behind this one is one of the most unique you’ll ever find.  He has hot thermal baths, the best hay in the world and an ice museum to boot…

Letters to Santa

As the father of a first and second grader, it’s fun to see our kids write a letter to Santa.  Maybe you did the same thing once upon a time.  Where did that letter go that you mailed?  There’s a chance it may have wound up in this small town where it was indeed read by Santa…

A Trip to the North Pole

We all know that Santa lives at the North Pole.  But for awhile, Santa was living at the Davis Railroad Siding.  No it doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, so something just had to be done about the name of the place St. Nick called home…

Santa’s True Home

A lot of communities in the U.S. will have a visit from Santa.  It’s a chance for the kids in the area to come meet St. Nick and make their requests known.  So perhaps it’s not that unusual the situation occurred here around Fairbanks, Alaska.  But what resulted is a place that people worldwide recognize as Santa’s true home…

Scenic Route – Santa Claus House

No matter our age, we all have a fascination with Santa’s journey of delivering gifts around the world. Take a trip to North Pole, Alaska for a visit with Santa’s grandson-in-law, Paul Brown…

Living in the Far North of Alaska

Do Eskimos live in igloos?  A lot of people who visit here are expecting to see that.  Some are disappointed and others are surprised at what they’ll find.  It’s all a part of the mystique of living as far north as one can go in this country…

The Entire Town to Your House for Dinner

Some of us might celebrate a big occasion by going out to dinner.  If you live in Barrow, Alaska, there’s a chance your big news might result in you inviting the entire town to your house for dinner.  It’s a situation that occurs multiple times each year here…

Scenic Route – Barrow, Alaska

Barrow, Alaska is the northernmost town in the United States. It’s population is mostly native Alaskans. Centuries-old traditions still influence life. On this Scenic Route, Andrew visits with lifelong Barrow resident Phoebe Kippi about months without sun, whaling and more…

Going On a Whale Hunt…

Many rural towns have folks that love to go hunting.  That is definitely the case for this city of 4000.  However, the animal in their sights is far different than most, for they are one of the few places on the globe allowed to hunt whales…

A World Without Sun for Two Months

The sun didn’t come up in Barrow, AK on November 20th.  They won’t see it again for over two months.  It’s just part of life in the nation’s northernmost community; a place where the locals feel as if they’ll sweat to death if the forecast were to hit the upper 60s…

Survival in the Cold

Human beings need to keep their body temperature close to 98 degrees in order to survive.  So finding an animal that can drop its core body temperature to just 32 degrees and survive is a bit out-of-the-ordinary…

The Warmest Coat

Animals that live in extreme cold of course have a heavy blanket of fur or hair to keep them warm.  But what animal has the warmest coat – a coat that even helps it overcome predators? The answer is in Alaska…

Running the Buses Below Zero

AMC_Brazil2016Sometimes the snow blows or the chill sets in and it’s just too miserable to have school.  However, here, the classes go on, even when the wind chill dips to over 40 degrees below zero or more…