Into the Snow ….. 3rd of series

...if you've started reading our great adventure today, you can find parts one and two here and here.  We've a few more pages left to this story...... It was snowing lightly that first morning in Haines.  Reports said blizzard, so we hurried thru breakfast.  We should have savored it ....it was to be the last "normal" meal for a while. …

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Courage to Stand ….. 2nd of series

I've known my husband over 43 years.  Doug is an original thinker.  He's not afraid to try the untested.  He has faults, but being wimpy is not one of them. It's one thing to sit behind a computer screen and type what you believe....it's something totally different to stand in front of people and say and/or do …

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The End and the Beginning …..1st of series

My first meeting with Doug he talked about living in Alaska.  But he talked then (as he talks now) about a lot of things.  I didn't give it much importance.  Personally, life was good.  We bought our first home a couple of years earlier, had a beautiful 2 year old son, had just found out our second child was on the way....plus I'd …

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Doug’s Big Bite

During our first couple years of marriage, Doug racked up an impressive 64 stitches, two front teeth knocked out and an assortment of casts and slings.....this was just from playing ice hockey.  There was more trauma, but we don't have time here. Before marrying Doug I had never seen the inside of an emergency room....afterward.... it was …

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Tiny Sourdoughs…not the food kind

We raised tough kids...they had to be...just to survive us. Technically, the small versions of Ian and David didn't qualify to be called real Alaskan Sourdoughs.  But I wouldn't tell them that...  They were there every step of the way as we hacked our way thru the overgrown woods and helped Fred make our house more …

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FRED

I grew up where you locked your doors and didn't talk to strangers.  Although we'd lived in Alaska for three years before moving to Chugiak, I still clung to many of my big city attitudes. The problem with that (not talking to strangers in particular) is it's tough to survive an inhospitable environment without a little help …

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Chugiak House

Would you believe this guy if he told you he'd found a great house on eight acres, close in to Anchorage and all for only $25 bucks a month?? Yah, neither would I... if my head was on straight. But it wasn't. So I did. I'm sure you're wondering ...what kind of house do you get …

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