Eye on the Iditarod: Angie Taggart: A teaching placement at Pitka's Point on the Yukon River introduced Angie Taggart to dog mushing. Now Taggart, born and raised in Ketchikan, has qualified for the 2011 Iditarod race. "It's the great vastness of it all," she said of mushing. "It's so peaceful, so quiet - I just hear the dogs panting and the swoosh of the runner."
Up Close with Whales: Flip Nicklin: Renowned whale photographer Flip Nicklin's goal these days is to get people interested in and caring about whales, whether he is taking photos himself, helping others take photos, or telling his story. His photos appeared in a new book released in 2009, "Humpbacks: Unveiling the Mystery" by Jim Darling.
Gold in the Hills: Glenn Cook: Glenn Cook is one of several Juneau residents who pan for gold in Gold Creek. He often finds himself posing for photos and giving pointers to those who are less experienced. "You can turn somebody from half a world away on to something that they never thought they'd do," Cook said. "They find a couple little pieces and they're just ecstatic."
Up For the Challenge: Raymond Carpenter: Raymond Carpenter was the only athlete from Southeast to participate in the Special Olympics in 2009. After an accident at age 11 left Carpenter permanently disabled, learning to ski helped him regain health and confidence. His mother, Bunti Reed, said that training was "probably the hardest I've seen him work at anything."
Promoting Local Travel: SEAtrails: The volunteer organization SEAtrails believes improving trails is the best path to improving the quality of life in communities throughout Southeast - both in terms of personal enjoyment for residents and economic development for communities. Shown are board members Karen Petersen, Elaine Prince, Karen Elton, Karen Smith, and Amber King.
Story last updated at 12/30/2009 - 12:12 pm
Southeast Alaska is an incredible playground for the adventurous. Whenever we lose sight of this, we need merely look at what our neighbors are spending their weekends doing. Some make a career out of outdoor exploration; for others, it's just a hobby. Here are a few of the individuals who impressed us with their outdoor activities in 2009.