Hulahula River Pingo

By Frank Keim


We’re camped on the Hulahula River,

and after dinner

on a balmy night

five of us marched like caribou

single file


along a narrow animal trail 

to a tall pingo

sculpted long ago from ancient ice melt,

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Guest — Dorothy
Beautifully written, with vivid images, thank you
Sunday, 21 November 2021 17:48
Guest — Dan Schmidt
A lovely painted picture
Sunday, 21 November 2021 11:20
Guest — Kathy Gosselin
Please support this beautiful river.
Sunday, 21 November 2021 07:14
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Arctic Dreams

By Ned Vasquez


Ned VFor many years, dating back even to my childhood, I have dreamed of spending time in the Alaskan wilderness. In August, 2019 this dream became a reality when my middle daughter and I spent 9 days rafting the Kongakut River in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Our trip was organized through a guiding company based in Fairbanks. Our group consisted of 6 clients and 2 guides and we were fortunate to have a highly compatible group. The guiding company did an excellent job of orienting us to the nature of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and ensured that we were as minimally impactful as possible.


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Guest — Deb Merchant
Thank you, Ned, for highlighting the critical nature of protecting the Arctic from drilling. I'm speaking to my choir when I say t... Read More
Saturday, 20 March 2021 21:49
Guest — Julie Stinchcomb
Sounds very nice. Very descriptive. Definitely want to visit. Thank you. Warm Regards Julie Stinchcomb
Thursday, 18 March 2021 17:40
Guest — Cathy
What a adventure, Ned! I've only been to AK once (Denali, Katmai - bears, etc.) and I am definitely going back! On my bucket lis... Read More
Friday, 05 March 2021 15:36
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Arctic Time

By Frank Keim


Old days drift slowly into new days

and the white eye of the Arctic sun rolls

bright across the night,

as we trek


up the Hulahula River,

named more than a century ago

by Hawaiian whalers stranded

on an ocean cold and frozen

before its time.

Recent Comments
Guest — Reba Reiser
Great poem, thank you for continuing to care the way you seen to have always done.
Friday, 12 February 2021 14:29
Guest — John Lyle
Frank, thank you for sharing this poem. As I sit here reading it, looking out the window at Mauna Loa covered with new snow, I can... Read More
Thursday, 11 February 2021 10:37
Guest — Catherine Johnson
How beautiful!
Monday, 08 February 2021 15:28
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