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Sidewinder Tour Blog Post #16: SOUTHWARD

IT'S A BIG WORLD


Here we go again... heading SOUTH...

Goodbye, Alaska for now!

Next stop. Sandpoint Idaho Library with LOST HORSE PRESS on July 29th at 7 pm.

See you soon Christine at Lost Horse. There are a whispers that DEVIN BECKER winner of the A. Poulin Jr Poetry Prize-- might be joining me there as a surprise reader.  Read More 
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Sidewinder Tour Blog Post #15.9.5: READ ALASKA

I don't know how I will ever have a book bash as great as the one I just had in my old stomping grounds in Sutton and Palmer, Alaska -- kind of overwhelmingly wonderful.

Thanks all of you for coming out at the new SUTTON LIBRARY, at Turkey Red last night for an awesome dinner, and at FIRESIDE BOOKS today for book signing that pretty much wiped out Fireside's originally HUGE pile of books. Thank for sharing my party for Reptile House.

THANK YOU Nancy Bertels at the Sutton Library for inviting me.

THANK YOU Mike Dunham of the Alaska Dispatch News for the fantastic article.

THANK YOU especially and most to David Cheezem at Fireside for having faith we could pull this off. And we did.  Read More 
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SINDWINDER BLOG POST #15.9: CHICK RESCUE -- PALMER, ALASKA

RESCUED CHICKS -- PALMER ALASKA

Palmer was just the same as always

Though the mountains were taller now, 1000 feet taller at least. 3000.

New England has had this effect.

On the Glenn Highway, you never getting anywhere.

The mountains make your miles inches.

You try transit anyway.

Construction -- the same as always -- mud, dust.

Wait for the Pilot Car, turn off the engine, wait. Read More 
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REPTILE HOUSE MAKES FRONT PAGE OF ALASKA CULTURE


This is a really nice article from the Alaska Dispatch News.

Thanks much to Mike Dunham for being interesting and making me sound so good.

I am really excited (a little teary already) about reading in Sutton and Palmer tomorrow:

July 24, 2015. Reading at the SUTTON LIBRARY 5:00pm then Dinner AT TURKEY RED FIRESIDE BOOKS in Palmer at 6:30 pm.

July 25, Book signing FIRESIDE BOOKS, Palmer at 11 am.  Read More 
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SINDWINDER BLOG POST #15.7: DENALI FOR REAL THIS TIME

TALLEST MOUNTAIN IN NORTH AMERICA

20,322 feet.

Or 20, 237 feet. Depending on who's counting.

Big. Tall, Grand. Hulk.

The Great One in Athabascan.

We drove right by it. Just over there.

Base-to-peak rise = 18,000 feet, the largest of any mountain entirely above sea level.

Made of granitic pluton.

Lifted by tectonic pressures.

What is granitic pluton anyway?

Named for a president no one remembers.

Mountains like this raise such questions.

Five glaciers slide down it's shoulders. Cold.

A low temp of -75.5 °F . Windchill of -118.1 °F  Read More 
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SINDWINDER BLOG POST #15.6: HOT WATER AND WIDE AWAKE

THE ROCK LAKE at CHENA

Fatigue has set in.

A nap during Act I, Scene 4 in the park.

A nap on the drive home.

A nap on the way to adopt the cat.

A nap at the vets' during the 2 hour wait.

This has nothing to do with books.

The cat was stressed out -- puked after Shakespeare. Read More 
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Sidewinder Tour Blog Post #15.5: THANK YOU FAA

FAIRBANKS ARTS ASSOCATION

Thank you Fairbanks Arts Association for a rallying the troops last night to The Bear Gallery in Pioneer Park -- in one of the best towns in America.

It was great to be back, share Reptile House with so many old friends and new.

I'll miss you, will get the next book a home so I have an excuse to return.

It was just fun on a rainy Fairbanks summer night.

Next stops:

July 24, 2015. Reading at the SUTTON LIBRARY (my old home town), Sutton, Alaska, 5:00pm

July 24, 2015, PARTY AT TURKEY RED FIRESIDE BOOKS, Palmer Alaska. 6:30 pm. Contact Fireside Books for tickets. Read More 
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Sidewinder Tour Blog Post #15.3: GLORIOUS DENALI

23,332 ft. TALLEST MOUNTAIN IN NORTH AMERICA

Denali, where are you? After waiting months for a glimpse.

All 20,322 feet of you?

You hulk.

Don't be shy.

325 miles between Palmer and Gold Hill Road.

Cumulus? Cirrus? Nimbostratus?

Just over there.  Read More 
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SINDWINDER BLOG POST #15.2: FAIRBANKS

NORTHERN MOST OUTPOST of the SINDWINDER TOUR



FAIRBANKS: Look! You can see Russia!
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Sidewinder Tour Blog Post #15.4: NORTH POLE

NORTH POLE VISITORS CENTER

Sent a few post cards from North Pole to a lucky few.

Saw the brand new North Pole Library where Reptile House is a part of the collection. It lives in in 54 other libraries in the US. The North Pole Staff looked it up. Thank Margaret, Ingrid, Tina, et al.

Big Santa waved at us on the Richardson Highway. Santa's Village. Candy Cane Streetlamps.

It rained and rained but good after months of hot.

The Eskimo Indian Olympic Games were at the Carlson Center. Ate fry bread with powdered sugar during qualifying events: the ear pull and wresting matches. Read More 
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