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 By Mike Nickols    Outdoors    September 1, 2014

Wild Country / Strange People

Our "neighbor" Ed and I talk a lot. He's a couple of days on foot from our place, but we still manage to talk often. I can always tell when he calls as I hear the static from his radio phone long...

 By Mike Nickols    Outdoors    August 1, 2014

Living in Bear Country

We rolled into Alaska on the Alcan Highway midsummer of '92. My wife, Pam, our nine year old son, Aaron, and I drove our old Ford pickup, pulling our four horse trailer, stuffed to the gills with thin...

 By Mike Nickols    Outdoors    July 1, 2014

The Way of the Wild

Over the last two decades, plus a couple of years, we have seen a lot while living out here in the Bush. Since we're miles from town and people, we mostly observe weather and wildlife. A lot of what...

 By Mike Nickols    Outdoors    June 1, 2014

No Man's Land

By the time June rolls around, depending on what latitude you live on, you could easily be swimming in warm waters. Move farther north, in Alaska, and it's a different story. If you live in the...

 By Mike Nickols    Outdoors    May 1, 2014

Lost in the Wild

After spending a lot of time in the "woods," I've always felt I have a pretty good sense of direction. Given decent weather and reasonable visibility I've always been confident in my ability to find...

 By Mike Nickols    Outdoors    March 1, 2014

Dogs Part 2

Our dog mushing career started without a lot of thought. First, there was our single dog team of, well, Mac. Then Ruby was added for a two-dog team [to hear the beginning of Mac and Ruby's story read...

 By Mike Nickols    Outdoors    January 1, 2014

Dogs Part 1

It all started out innocently enough. Ending up with a yard full of huskies did not even cross our minds at the time. Living in the Alaska Bush was new to us. We had our family Airedale, "Buddy." He...

 By Mike Nickols    Outdoors    December 1, 2013

Our Perfect Christmas

Our first couple of winters living in the bush were a bit hard, no question about that. While we have done without on more than one occasion, we've found that by shifting, modifying, or simply making...

 By Mike Nickols    Outdoors    November 1, 2013


It's kind of a bad neighborhood out here. Although, upon first moving out into the Bush, we didn't know it for quite a few years. The first four years we had a bit of airplane "traffic" flying over...

 By Mike Nickols    Outdoors    October 1, 2013
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First, I would like to clarify that I do not consider myself an Alaskan Bush Pilot. I have flown in Alaska, both summer and winter, for over 20 years. I have a fair amount of experience, and have had...

 By Mike Nickols    Outdoors    September 1, 2013

Winter's Meat

The bull was legal, I was confident of that. Even from three quarters of a mile away we could see his spread, the blood red horns. Freshly rubbed velvet hung in dark brown strips like Spanish moss in...

 By Mike Nickols    Outdoors    August 1, 2013
Summer at Caribou Lodge Alaska


For most of the people and critters who live out in it, the Alaskan Bush can be a land of feast and famine. We’ve seen and learned a lot living out here over the last twenty years. Winters can...

 By Mike Nickols    Outdoors    July 1, 2013
Caribou Lodge, AK

Beginnings of a Wilderness Education

I have said for years, after I finally reached the age that I truly realized it, that life is an ongoing learning experience. Every day brings something new no matter where you live or how old you...

 By Mike Nickols    Outdoors    June 1, 2013
Hiking near Denali.

The List

The Alaskan wilderness has an allure for a few folks, not everyone for sure, but for some there is a strong draw. It truly is a last frontier. As for myself, the idea of living in the “Alaskan...