Loaves of Sourdough Encased In Ice (Goodbye Alaska)

Apparently spring officially began a few days ago, which feels about right. I had noticed a sharp rise in birdsong, non-lethal temperatures had begun to make appearances, and we were getting about 17 minutes of extra daylight every day. On my morning walk, I noticed that I could at last see chunks of gravel and the…Read more Loaves of Sourdough Encased In Ice (Goodbye Alaska)

The Secret Masters of The Curling Club

The Iditarod came to Fairbanks this year. It's a big deal because the 1,000-mile race doesn't usually begin in Fairbanks, but thanks to shifts in climate (or not), the race was moved northward to the land of ice and snow. While I cannot claim to know the mind that compels a person to stand on a…Read more The Secret Masters of The Curling Club

Innkeeper Diaries: The Final Battle (Act 1)

I have lived through 93 days of Fairbanks winter. I have weathered the weather, the sensation that every vehicle could become a coffin at any moment, minimal daylight, Chinese rescue-operations, social isolation, and dry-cabin life. Each hurdle has been adequately spaced from the others, allowing me to complete this steeple chase relatively well. As I…Read more Innkeeper Diaries: The Final Battle (Act 1)

Audio+Word: Majesty Descending

    (Birchlife: Doing Nothing>Keeping Smart Mammals Warm) The stately Birches have been swimming up to the sky since forever. Unflinchingly watching plagues, the rise and fall of empires, and all four Madagascar movies. All this to be hacked up in 2017 by a poorly-handled chainsaw and maul.   Their mangled majesty is stashed inside the nearby cabin…Read more Audio+Word: Majesty Descending

Innkeeper Diaries: Heroism Sounds Thus: “Ring ring ring. Ring ring ring. Hello?”

  I was in my cabin with a friend a rare instance of real social interaction in the Alaskan Wild. In the throes of my leisure, Chinese Operatives were preparing to carry out a siege. It would constitute the greatest act of terror ever committed on American soil to me, specifically. The bold and expanding superpower…Read more Innkeeper Diaries: Heroism Sounds Thus: “Ring ring ring. Ring ring ring. Hello?”

Audio+Word: Off To The Mercury Store

Additional Mercury Required Off To the Mercury Store The key will turn, The engine must be wrestled out of submission. These days, there's only enough mercury to fill the thermometer to -40.   So you go to the mercury store. "I need it hotter" you tell the clerk. "We don't carry Mercury, sir." He says…Read more Audio+Word: Off To The Mercury Store

Innkeeper Diary: One Man’s Transfer Station is Another Man’s Transfer Station

Keeping the Inn running smoothly is mostly an act of deception. Like most professions, it seems to me, we present the public with a carefully-manicured outward-facing sheen that distracts from the fire in the kitchen, the dogs shedding all over the floor, and the rotten part of the ceiling. It would be no exaggeration to…Read more Innkeeper Diary: One Man’s Transfer Station is Another Man’s Transfer Station