A birthday, a cabin and the middle of nowhere

I can’t say that a remote cabin in the middle of the woods has ever been the stuff of dreams for me, but life in Alaska has been changing my city-girl ways. By force! So, ready-or-not, a cabin in the…

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California dreamin’, with friends

The best thing about military life is the sweet friendships made. The worst thing about military life is then having to say “see ya later” to those friendships, as we inevitably move on to new places. Every few years we…

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Fishing for salmon, and other wild animals

What do you do in Alaska on a beautiful summer weekend? Well, most people head outdoors to camp or fish, or both. As I haven’t really gotten into the whole camping thing, (I’ll stick with a nice hotel, thanks), it…

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Flattop Mountain Trail, Anchorage

What do you do for a long holiday weekend? If you are in Alaska, you probably try to get outside and enjoy the short summer months while you have them. We decided to head to one of Anchorage’s most popular…

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A long-awaited gift

On this day, eleven years ago, my sweet and wonderful Ella Grace was born. A long-awaited gift that I didn’t know if I would ever have. She was a beautiful and longed-for, ten pounds of perfection. She didn’t cry at…

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Blueberry picking, in the Alaskan wild

Late August means berry season in Alaska. We decided to try our hand at blueberry picking, at Alyeska Resort‘s annual Blueberry Festival. The festival was set to have entertainment, food stalls and a beer garden, but first things first, the…

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The Pink Salmon Festival- Valdez, Alaska

Valdez, Alaska, (pronounced Val-deez by the locals…don’t ask me why) is a tiny fishing town on the south central edge of Alaska.  Roads are tricky around here. Though Anchorage and Valdez appear close on the map, the only road available…

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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…

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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…

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