Basketball – Alaska style

The Joe T. Classic It’s Finals week so I have to stick around the classroom long enough for students who might have questions or need help, but I have to catch the 3:15 ferry that will take me from the island on which Ketchikan sits, to the island on which the airport sits. We’re headed…

Curious Jeff is not curious anymore

“You can’t be successful if you don’t have no team.” Who said this? Rework it grammatically and it sounds like a Hall of Fame coach. Nope. Seattle drug dealer. Maybe he had a good coach in high school… After breakfast this morning, mom and I settled in to a National Geographic special on the drug…

Curious Jeff goes to the city

Ah, big cities. Where expansive views are disrupted by towers, which at night illuminate ever-changing rectangular constellations as the clean crew replaces the suit crew. Businessmen, locals and tourists trace paved squares and rectangles of development past neon signs, stickers and printed ads telling us what to eat, watch or how to think. A dude…

Back on the road

TODAY: Portland – Marysville via Roslyn Food – The Brick For the first time since I was employed, I woke up to the sound of an alarm. I had some breakfast, and talked with Shawna and Ella before I headed north over the Columbia River into Washington, putting a states-worth of buffer between myself and…

Packing symbolism

A month from now I will be on my way back to Alaska. To live. Everyone says it’s a big move, but in the same breath say it either isn’t surprising, or thought it was simply a matter of time. The past three days have been unlike any I have experienced and I’m still weeks away…

East on Highway 4

The goal for today was a fishing trip on the Middle Fork of the Stanislaus for rainbow and brown trout. It morphed into something even better (if that’s possible). I hiked down to a spot where a big brown broke me off last month and drifted a black birds nest maybe five times before I…

SUP North Carolina?

North Carolina does not sound like paddle boarding country, but for Charley Lewis it looked perfect. With eastern Carolina flat and rivers dumping slowly into the protected inner water ways of the coast, it really is a great spot thanks to tons of water easily navigated. Charley owns Stand Up Outfitters in New Bern, where…

Hogging North Carolina’s pork

New Bern, N.C. – Food is vital. I’m not just referring to the obvious need of nutrient ingestion to remain in good standing health-wise, I am talking about food as a part of an experience. When I planned to visit my brother now stationed outside of New Bern, North Carolina, I nominated barbecue specifically pulled-pork…

New Bern food tour part 2

I love pulled pork sandwiches. There is no need to complicate or use hyperbole because my love for them is simple and straight forward. This morning as my brother, his wife, my nephew and some of their friends and I waded through the masses of the New Bern Mum Fest I had one serious thing…

Welcome to North Carolina

First stop on the tour of North Carolina is of course Wal-Mart because where else can you get such an authentic glimpse of the local culture and cupboard liners?

Pit River weekend at the Clearwater Lodge

I’ve hung around the Fireweed Lodge in Klawock, Alaska, since middle school, but never in my life have I done the lodge-thing as a guest. Friday night my buddy Nate and I arrived at the Clearwater Lodge along the Pit River for a weekend of trout fishing. It was past dinner and sunset, but keys…

Pacific Coast Highway drive

My cousin Jordan wanted his bachelor party to be a camp out at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park south of just south of Big Sur, which was a beautiful idea.