Denali from Camp Denali, June 2012

Naming Error Corrected


In 1896, unsuccessful gold miner William Dickey announced he had named a tall peak he had seen in Alaska’s interior after the then-Republican nominee for President, William McKinley. Never mind that the Alaska Native peoples had named the mountain millennia earlier. Never mind that the Europeans who had seen it decades earlier had been entirely content…

Downtown Hyder. Actually, most of Hyder.

Why Hyder?


Tiny little Hyder (pop. ~100) sits at the far end of the 90 mile long Portland Canal, the longest fjord in North America. North of Ketchikan and east of everything else in Alaska,1 there is no obvious reason why it is part of Alaska, or even exists at all. Like the answer to most questions…

Why did the Black Bear cross the road? Actually, he changed his mind and didn't.

Equal Time for Black Bears


WC has been accused of discriminating against Black Bears. A reader with more time than sense pointed out WC has posted many photos of Brown bears (nee’ Grizzly Bears) but neglected their smaller cousins. It’s nothing sinister; WC just hasn’t had that many opportunities to photograph Blackies. But yesterday WC was at Fish Creek, a…

Because you know you just can't trust those Canadians

Road Tales, Part 1


WC is on the road, en route from Fairbanks, Alaska to Boise, Idaho. Here are a few shots from the road. Saying goodbye to Alaska in dark gray, rainy conditions. And a greeting from the Yukon Territory Incredibly, the border itself is still cleared. Any terrorist willing to brave the swamps, bogs, muskeg and mosquitoes…