Glaciers and kayaks and huskies- oh my!

The end of June brought some visitors to the Last Frontier, as well as summer solstice, the longest day of the year (more on that later, and yes, it’s light all night long. So strange.) Matt’s parents and sister made…

The Cowans go to Washington

Washington DC….our nation’s capital, so much history to explore- and explore we did! Matt spent the entire month of May working in DC, so the girls and I tagged along for the last two weeks. Unfortunately, Matt worked most of…

A winter hike in May

After an exceptionally long winter, spring was just hitting Anchorage in early May. I was beginning to wonder if I’d ever see green trees again! But sure enough, the snow started melting and with that,  hope for warmer weather. We…

Freedom from a 30 year struggle

 I was so blessed to spend the last week of April, 2017, at the Revelation Wellness Instructor Retreat, in beautiful Williams, Arizona. The retreat and lessons learned along the way, were life-changing and life-giving, in so many ways, and have…

Whale watching x 20

No stay in Alaska would be complete without a whale watching excursion, so we made our way down to Seward to check that box. It was a beautiful, but cold, April morning. The town of Seward is located on the…

Fairbanks and the North Pole

Who needs the Gulf of Thailand when you have Fairbanks, in March?! (No, I’m not missing my beach time, or anything.) We took a long-weekend, road trip, from Anchorage to Fairbanks, to meet up with old friends and see what…

Iditarod- “The Last Great Race on Earth”

The Iditarod. Twenty-five checkpoints, 1,000 miles, 900+ dogs, and over a week in sub-zero temperatures make up the Last Great Race on Earth. Since the first race in 1973, the Iditarod (held every year in early March) has continued to bring…

The faces of Fur Rondy

The Fur Rendezvous, or Fur Rondy as it is known by the locals,  is an annual festival in Anchorage during the last week of February. Founded in the 1930’s, Rondy was initially a three day celebration which coincided with the…

Alaska skiing, and a one horse open sleigh

President’s Day weekend was full of skiing, sleigh rides and a birthday. We didn’t even have to head to the resort super early because lifts don’t open until 10:30 am around here. Initially, I wondered why so late? But, when…