Climbing Colorado's 14ners
There's nothing like being on top of the world: Amazing accomplishment. No air.
Incredible views. The itch to do "just one more." This site has everything you want to
know about climbing Colorado's 53 mountain summits that are above 14,000 feet. I've
climbed two: Gray's and Mt. Sherman. My son has climbed all 53 --- at least once, if not more.
Exploring Alaska DVDs
Paul Gray, independent TV producer and founder of "Exploring Alaska", is determined to
show-and-tell millions of viewers the many wonders of Alaska's people, culture, scenery,
and history. His DVDs take you from tundra to mountains, oceans, villages and towns...from
art to wildlife...from visitor attractions to industry. He's terrific to work with and
interviewed me for 'Homesteading Doctors' which features early healthcare on the Central
Peninsula, where my father was one of the first physicians. That DVD is available from my
website or his - and something every person interested in rural and wilderness medicine
Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum
I never tire of visiting this museum, which is both indoors and out. On the 4th of July, there
is always a Salmon Bake and Fly-in. I often do booksignings on that day. What a thrill to watch
the vintage aircraft fly off and on Lake Hood! One time, I met Phil Harris from "Deadliest Catch."
If you're in Anchorage, don't miss this destination.
Kenai Peninsula Clarion
Okay, this is definitely my personal interest since it's about SouthCentral Alaska, or, the
Kenai Peninsula - where the Gaede-80 Homestead is located. I read the local news and spot names
from years past and I also see what is happening to create a sense of community. I watch the
struggles in the economy and how residents are dealing with the slack in the oil industry
that in the late 50s/early 60s created the demand for medicine, education, and commerce.
I never tire of looking at the art on these note cards. The artist captures reading/writing
mood and setting, then adds an element of a season. Her art is tranquil, smile-evoking,
sensual, settling -- yet with a quiet energy. It makes me want to visit or create the
settings she creates.
The Redoubt Reporter
This publication, from Soldotna, reminds me of the original newspaper in the area, the
"Cheechako News." You won't find world news here. You won't find any-newspaper-news here.
You'll find local news in the form of stories - and don't we all enjoy a good story? Some of
the stories take place in the old homesteading days, the late 40s into the early 60s. Others are
current day feel-good current community activities. The main reporter/writer, Clark Fair, and I
had quite a discussion about the "facts" in my father's Maule Rocket crash in 1967. He got his
information from Lee Bowman, the pharmacist who was in the backseat, as well as locals who found
Read the news article.
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
The News-Miner provides me with news from the Interior, which is my favorite part of Alaska.
I visit Fairbanks nearly once a year to see my sister, explore, catch small planes to villages
in the bush, and enjoy what Fairbanks has to offer in sightseeing.