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Last Survey of the Season
Morning light The museum has been trying to squeeze in the last field survey of the season before the weather turns cold and nasty. A few weeks ago when we were picking dates, there were really only two days that were going to work for both Ryan (my field a...

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New House and New Town
In the midst of a busy summer and big move the blog has fallen by the wayside. In June I accepted a job at the Alutiiq Museum in Kodiak and in July we bought a house and moved. Ryan is staying at his current job, but telecommuting from Kodiak when he is not...

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A Review of and Advice for Hiking the O in Torres del Paine National Park
This post is a review of information I wish I had known
before we hiked the O in Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. For those who
aren’t interested in the hike, it’s probably best to skip this lengthy post.
For those who are planning to visit Torres d...

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Hiking in Spring Conditions
Max, Emily, and me at the Rainbow Overlook A friend in Seattle once asked me if spring break was a good time to visit Alaska. I said "Sure, as long as you know it's still winter." After being back in Alaska for three years, I have changed my mind. We've bar...

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Penguins in Tierra del Fuego
Nesting Magellanic Penguins  One of the highlights of our time in Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego (on the Argentine side) was visiting a penguin colony. The colony  near Ushuaia is where both Magellanic and Gentoo penguins nest. We were especially lucky because...

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Fat Tire Biking to the Cross Cabin
Last year we tried fat tire biking by renting and borrowing bikes to go to the cabin for my birthday. This year we decided it was time to buy our own fat bikes.  I bought a KHS 3000 for myself off of craigslist last summer and Molly got her 15" Motobecane S...

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More Photos from Fitz Roy
Laguna las Tres and Fitz Roy We've been home for a couple of days and are slowly sorting through the five weeks of photos on our phones. I think I'll do some catch-up posts as I go through them, in chronological order. When we woke up on first morning campi...

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Underwater Search in Huslia
I recently took a four day trip to Huslia, Alaska in an attempt to help the village locate a local man  who fell through the ice on the Koyukuk River.  For the second time this year I found myself mixing my search and rescue skills with my career as a marin...

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Winter Jellies
Crowberries Blueberries and Rhubarb While I was taking things out of the freezer for Thanksgiving I took the opportunity to take stock of the berries and rhubarb left in there. The total was four gallons of blueberries (that's after two or three batches of ...

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Patagonia Trip Planning: T-Minus 5 Weeks
In five weeks we will be in Patagonia! Time is ticking though - most of our weekends until then are filled with holidays and outdoorsy adventures and in four weeks we leave for Montana to visit my sister and brother-in-law (a stop on the way to South Americ...
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