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Throwback Thursday

I had a bit of an emotional meltdown at dinner tonight. There’s this young man who sits across the table from me. He sits tall in his chair. His shoulders seem to broaden with each passing week. He flexes his

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Cabin Time

Fans of cabin camping in Southeast Alaska observe this one rule: reserve early and often. So it was on a snowy (or maybe rainy) day last January that I reserved Blue Mussel Cabin for the Independence Day holiday. The trailhead

Posted in Alaska, Beach Combing, Family, Hiking, Recreation

Marten Cabin: A Klein Family Misadventure

This blog post could have so many different subtitles: Marten Cabin: A Case Study in Miscommunication and Poor Planning Marten Cabin: How George H.W. Bush Saved Our Bacon. Six months ago, I reserved Marten Cabin at Eagle Beach State Recreation

Posted in Alaska, Family, Recreation

Under the Sea

Garrett has a lot of interests and passions, but one thing he has loved since he was little is the sea. He watches documentaries on deep ocean creatures and goes beach combing every chance he can get. So when he

Posted in Family, Home, Home Improvement

The Toothless Project

Several years ago, Garrett asked me if I’d help him make a stuffed animal. No “Build a Bear from a Box” project for him – he wanted to create from scratch. His stuffed animal of choice – Totoro, a simply-shaped

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85 Days, Revisited.

Garrett’s summer vacation started on May 24th at 2:31 pm. 85 days have passed. What a summer it has been. As a family, we made a promise to each other that we would get out and about every weekend, hiking

Posted in Alaska, Family, Hiking, Recreation

85 Days

Summer vacation 2013 is 85 days long. Of course we counted! Garrett was hoping for an even 100, but 85 sounds pretty great to me. I’ve been trying to remember what summer vacation was like when I was his age.

Posted in Alaska, Beach Combing, Family, Hiking

Camping with Electricity

It’s good to check out every once in awhile. Get off the grid. Shake up the routine. Unplug. We Klein’s like to camp, but if I’m honest, we’re fair-weather campers. This time of year when there’s still snow on the

Posted in Alaska, Beach Combing, Family

Worth the Wait

Garrett was due on 02/03/04. Dave and I were so excited. A birth date we would not forget! And the day came and went. Suddenly, I was a week late. I heard the usual reassurances: don’t worry, first babies are

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Last Blast of Summer

In a burst of spontaneity not common to our family, we booked tickets at the beginning of August for a mid-August trip to Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory of Canada. We’ve just returned from that trip, and on the eve

Posted in Family, Travel



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