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Play With Fire - Book Review
Play with Fire is the fifth Kate Shugak novel by author Dana Stabenow. Kate and friends are harvesting mushrooms the summer following a nasty forest fire. After a wet and mild spring,morel mushrooms were ripe for the picking. Unfortunately, they found something else that was a little ripe.

Pribilof Islands
To the north of the Aleutian Island chain, about 750 miles west of Anchorage, Alaska and 500 miles east of Siberia, Russia, are the Pribilof Islands. There are hundreds of islands in the state of Alaska, but these have a special draw.

Reasons to Visit Alaska
Maybe you haven't been able to come up with enough reasons to visit Alaska. While I personally find that impossible to imagine, I thought I'd help out. Here's just a few for you to ponder.

Regions of Alaska
Alaska is roughly one-fifth of the size of The United States. So large in fact, discussions about it tend to revolve around what region something is located in. It is typically divided into 5 regions. This is just a brief glance into some of the characteristics of each.

Shore Excursions
Your Alaskan cruise has ports of call, where you have an opportunity to disembark and tour a town. Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Sitka. What is there to do? How will you want to spend your free time? Excursions are a great option.

Steese Highway-Scenic Highways Series
As you start looking into how to get around Alaska, you will discover the beautiful scenic byways. Take the Steese Highway for instance. The Steese Highway is known for its beautiful views and vistas. It’s also very frequently closed in the winter because of avalanches!

The Abundance of Marine Life
Ever wonder “why Alaska”? The Inside Passage, Denali, Prudhoe Bay, and artic chill come to mind immediately when you think of Alaska. But the state is also a huge breeding ground for birds, whales, sea lions, seals and other marine life.

The Forgotten War in Alaska
The only United States soil occupied during World War II, was Attu and Kiska Islands in Alaska. The Japanese felt that the United States might try to invade them from the islands! Total American troop casualties from these battles, were second only to the numbers at the battle of Iwo Jima.

The Glenn Highway-Scenic Highways Series
If a trip to Alaska has you building your own itinerary, you will more than likely fly into Anchorage. There is plenty to do in this bustling city, but once you’ve rented your car or RV and are ready to hit the road, you can start out by heading north on the Glenn Highway.

The Potlatch Ceremony
The Potlatch is a very important ceremony for the native groups in Alaska. It was given for any number of reasons including; death in family, naming of children, raising totem poles, or building and blessing of new homes.

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