I’ve been wandering around the Alaska outdoors scene since moving to Anchorage in 1984. My wife I and fish, mostly for salmon and halibut, and hunt big and small game. We hike, camp, backpack, and cross-country ski as often as our schedules allow, and also travel to the Lower 48, Hawaii, Mexico and overseas whenever we can manage to tear ourselves away from Alaska. I’ve been writing non-fiction books and articles since 1986, starting with boat maintenance and repair. I transitioned into travel and outdoors work after I realized that spending time in the Alaska mountains is preferable to crawling around in sailboat bilges. As a volunteer with the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game I’m a Hunter Education instructor and have been a bear safety instructor in the Anchorage School District. My wife and I have volunteered with the U.S. Forest Service StreamWatch program on the Russian River for 20 years and I’m a certified Wilderness First Responder.