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Youthful Adventures – Glennallen, Alaska

I was fortunate enough to spend the formative years of four (4) to twelve (12) growing up in the massive metropolis of Copper Center, Alaska. (Current population: 328) For some perspective on size, my elementary school consisted of less than 100 students from kindergarten thru sixth grade.

Alaska is one of my favorite places and if you have the chance to experience it I highly recommend a visit. Our house was adorable, it was weirdly designed in that it was only a two-bedroom, but it was on 5 acres of forest and had the Copper Basin River at the edge of the property line where we had a fish wheel. 

A fish wheel pics up sockeye salmon directly from the river and places them in the basket. At the time, we were allowed to catch 500 salmon per year. Because of this, I have a very hard time eating fish now, as I I like it to be super fresh and it rarely is.

At the age of eight (8) my mother signed me up to join the Copper Basin Junior Mushers, an organization that introduced me to great friends, hard work, teamwork, and most importantly, the sport of dog mushing. I loved my time as a dog musher, it is truly an amazing feeling to be in the middle of nowhere surrounded by snow with just your dogs. I hope you enjoy these super flattering pictures of me as a child! 🙂

Have you made a trip to Alaska? Where? What did you think?

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