Alaska

Begin again

by Jenna Schnuer on July 7, 2017

The plan was to live in Alaska for one year. It’s been four. (Most Alaskans will tell you that my story is nothing unusual. People come for a few months and stay for decades.) I had also figured on many (many) more posts out here. Things happened. Here’s a quick rundown since I posted on […]

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Not so quiet

by Jenna Schnuer on July 9, 2014

I disappeared into my AK life. (The plan was for one year. Now it’s going to be two. After that? No idea. Well, I have ideas but … making definite plans seems a ridiculously boring decision.) But Round-Trip America has been on my mind. So, to break the silence, A Sound Minute from my backyard.

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In Between Days

by Jenna Schnuer on January 12, 2014

The mid-December day felt unsettled, like a bad mood that comes on out of nowhere. Though the sun promised to spend just under five-and-a-half hours over Anchorage, the world had gone faded grey around sunrise, just after 10 that morning, and, now, at, sunset, it was all white snow against a wall of blue-grey. The […]

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Arctic Valley in Chugach State Park, Alaska

by Jenna Schnuer on January 5, 2014

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Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge 2:24 p.m. AKST

by Jenna Schnuer on December 28, 2013

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by Jenna Schnuer on December 13, 2013

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Staying Put

by Jenna Schnuer on October 13, 2013

I was spending a week in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park–a combo of a backpacking trip into the mountains and a hotel stay in the town of McCarthy. Solo travelers aren’t necessarily the norm in McCarthy so, after a few nights at the bar (because that’s what you do in McCarthy), the bartender grew curious. “Where do you live?” […]

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The Neighbors

by Jenna Schnuer on October 13, 2013

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A Ferry Good Summer

by Jenna Schnuer on September 14, 2012

Within the first hour aboard the M/V Matanuska from Juneau to Wrangell, my fourth ferry of the summer and the second on the way back “Outside” after three months in Alaska, I saw a familiar face. “Weren’t you on the Kennicott in May? In the gift shop?” “Yeah, and I’m working in the gift shop […]

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Grounded

by Jenna Schnuer on September 8, 2012

Alaska’s a big show off—and rightly so. Her grand landscapes demand attention. But, a tip: now and again, shun her demands. Snag time to take in the tiny details. (Yes, a decent rule for nearly any landscape but some are easier to ignore than others.) Take, for example, the Dyea Flats. A short drive from […]

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