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Piss-poor planning

April 2, 2015
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Finally in the calm waters of Halibut Cove, our wooden skiff intact, we could relax. Andy Hall

Ever wish you had just stayed home instead? When we launched our skiff from the Homer boat harbor, we knew exactly where we were going and how to get there.…

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The best of both worlds

March 9, 2015
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A March outing to Lake George — before the ice melted — is the perfect time to explore the area without freezing. ANDY HALL

March: When we both cling to winter and yearn for summer In our household, March arrives with less enthusiasm than in past years. While the added daylight is welcome, and…

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Vacation blues; Make the most of February with a getaway, near or far

February 2, 2015
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Dreaming of warm, faraway places this time of year? You’re not alone. This month, we share some of our favorite wintertime getaways. MELISSA DEVAUGHN

Usually at about this time of year, I’m tallying up my airline miles, ready to trade in the dead of winter for warmer weather, dark days for sunny skies and…

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True Alaskans

January 5, 2015
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Carly and Sam Dennis light a Chinese lantern at Sheep Mountain to help ring in the New Year. MELISSA DEVAUGHN

Despite the insanity of living here, we just get it Nothing reminds me of the passage of time so much as the coming of the New Year. It’s such a…

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Family favorites

December 4, 2014
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Roan Hall, circa 2011, roasting marshmallows with his snow buddies by the bonfire in front of our house. Andy Hall

As holidays approach, the to-do list grows On Thanksgiving morning, the very first thing I do is turn my Spotify, iPod or CD collection to holiday music. My kids are…

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It’s snow time

November 3, 2014
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It’s snow time

No matter the snow conditions, November beckons winter sports enthusiasts It doesn’t make a lot of sense to live in Alaska if you don’t like snow. True, most of us…

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