Sunday, March 3, 2019

The Sun is a Compass

Caroline van Hemert and her husband Pat made an epic journey from Bellingham to Kotzebue in 2012. Pat made their boats that they rowed Jill Fredston-style up the Inside Passage to Haines, where they have a cabin Pat built. From there they skied and packrafted across the boundary ranges then hiked and packrafted some more to the Arctic Ocean where they headed inland and traversed the Brooks Range to Kotzebue.

Now, I don't read much adventure, but through good fortune of mine I got an advanced copy of Caroline's memoir of this trip: The Sun is a Compass. It's an amazing book, great stories and neat scientific tidbits, too—she's a bird biologist.

If you liked Erin McKitrick's A Long Trek Home and the biography of Dick Griffith, Canyons and Ice, then you'll like this book, too.

The book comes out officially on March 19 and there's an event at the Anchorage Museum on March 20 at 7 PM where Caroline will sign books and tell stories, I hope.

Maybe we'll see each other there.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Academic Job at Alaska Pacific University

Hard to believe but after about 25 years, Carl Tobin is retiring from APU, and the school is looking to hire a PhD ecologist to fill his position.

So if you, or anybody you know, would like to live and work in Anchorage, teaching at a very small, private liberal arts school, then check this out.

While the posting says "Completed applications should be received by February 18th, 2019, for full consideration," please submit a CV and a letter of intent to APU if you are interested by Feb. 18, and send in the other materials later....
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