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Kayak Camping

Pre-Garrett, Dave and I would disappear on 4th of July weekends, preferring to paddle to and camp on an island somewhere away from the hustle and bustle of town. At least a dozen years have passed since we’ve celebrated the

Posted in Alaska, Kayaking, Recreation

Book Review

So. Many. Books. Not. Enough. Time. That’s how I’ve been feeling lately. I’ve got a pile of good books stacking up, and there’s just not enough hours in the day. But I’m not writing to tell you what’s on my

Posted in Reading, Recreation

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

Beach craft

We recently made a quick trip to the beach on a sunny but bitter cold afternoon. Our intention was only to go for a quick walk. When we reached the half way point in our loop, we found a wind-sheltered

Posted in Alaska, Beach Combing

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

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

Haines-cation: Adventures with Lyn & George

Ah…time off at the holidays. We’re lucky to have it. Let’s take a little vacation! Somewhere warm? No! Not when Lori’s planning the trip. I have a habit of taking us on vacation to locations colder than home. This year,

Posted in Alaska, Recreation, Travel

Scout Camp

Last year, Garrett came back from Scout camp a different kid. Perhaps the differences were those only a mother would notice, but they were there nonetheless. One thing he knew for sure – he couldn’t wait for Scout Camp 2012.

Posted in Alaska, Beach Combing, Family, Hiking



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