Chugach State Park

March 14, 2004 Leave a comment

Snowshow hiking at Chugach State Park in Anchorage

Alyeska Resort

March 13, 2004 Leave a comment

I drove down the Seward Highway to ski at Alyeska Resort in the town of Girdwood.

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More Exploring Anchorage

March 12, 2004 Leave a comment
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Exploring Anchorage

March 11, 2004 Leave a comment

I took a long walk on the outskirts of suburban Anchorage to see some sights and do some shopping, and had a close encounter with a moose along the way.

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Dog Sled Tour

March 10, 2004 Leave a comment

Claire and I drove from Anchorage, up the Alaskan Highway past Wasilla to the Big Susitna Bed and Breakfast, which also runs a dog sled touring operation. Taking a mushing tour was something that I had always wanted to do, and it was a blast; everything that I had expected and more.

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Volunteering at the Iditarod

March 9, 2004 Leave a comment

After a long flight from Pittsburgh via Chicago and Seattle, I landed in Anchorage late in the evening on March 8, and met my friend Claire, who had arrived a couple of days earlier. We did some volunteer work with the Iditarod sled dog race.

When racers leave ailing dogs at checkpoints along the course, they are flown back to Anchorage. We helped unload them from the airplanes, then helped the veterinarians check them over.

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Psycho Voice Mail

February 4, 2004 Leave a comment

I received this unusual voice mail message tonight on my home number.

Here’s a transcript of the message if you don’t feel like listening:

Hi, Kevin. This is Theresa Schuck. I’m trying to get out of here, trying to get out of this, um, psych ward. I’m at 412-246-6734. My family is waiting on me at Station Square, from all over the country. Please call me back. Help me, please.

The next day, a couple different friends of mine, out of curiosity, called the number above, and confirmed that it was indeed, from the Western Psychiatric Institute Clinic in Pittsburgh. I called the main number of the Clinic on the evening of Feb. 6, thinking it would be wise to report the incident. After I explained the reason I was calling to the main operator, she transferred me to the “safety” department. The gentleman there asked me what I would like them to do about it. I explained that I just thought that they would want to know about it, so he suggested that I talk to the clinical staff, which I assume meant the people who might actually be caring for the mysterious caller. When I spoke to them and described the incident one more time, they did sincerely apologize for the intrusion, but did not seem too concerned about getting the details about the call; they did not take down the phone number that was left on the message.

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