Reading on the Road

Reading on the Road: Spooky Books for October

I have to start by admitting two things. The first is that I love the Halloween season. My favorite things are costumes, scares, candy, and all things spooky. The second thing is that I’m terrified of horror, gore, or even thrillers. Absolutely. Terrified. The two books I’m recommending this month fall into those categories. They are good any time of year, but there is no better time to read these two books than when the nights have gotten longer and the temperatures cooler. So curl up with a blanket because you’re definitely going to need something to make you feel safe. Continue reading “Reading on the Road: Spooky Books for October”

Travel

Wrangell St. Elias National Park- The Home to McCarthy and Kennecott, Alaska

Wrangell St. Elias National Park

On our first official day on our own in the Alaskan wilderness I, quite ambitiously, planned a huge day. It involved driving the McCarthy Highway, twice, an adventurous activity, and exploring both the cool town of McCarty, and the Kennecott copper mill, all in the heart of Wrangell St. Elias National Park. Continue reading “Wrangell St. Elias National Park- The Home to McCarthy and Kennecott, Alaska”

Travel

Highways Across Alaska

If you’re planning on navigating the vast state of Alaska without a tour of any sort, buy The MILEPOST. This guide gives you incredibly thorough information for each turnabout, gas station, campsites, scenic overviews, animal habits, and berry picking. It even lists places where you can get cell service. Which is the other reason you should buy The Milepost. You probably won’t be able to rely on your cell phone’s GPS system, and this book doesn’t even need electricity! (If you’re going to try to argue that you need light to read it, try visiting Alaska during tourism season. If it’s dark, and you’re not where you need to be, you’re too lost for The Milepost to help you.) Continue reading “Highways Across Alaska”

Reading on the Road

Reading on the Road: A Gentleman in Moscow and The Blinds

Reading on the Road

Welcome to a brand new series on Dashin’ Ash. As a bibliophile, a lover of books, and a hodophile, a lover of travel, whenever I hit the road I have a book, or four, with me. I don’t always read all of them, but I cannot tolerate the idea of being on a plane with nothing left to read. If you relate to that, you’ll love this new series.  The books I write about will be random, with hardly any regard to when they were published, what genre they belong to, or the quality of writing. I can assure you however that every word I say about these books will be honest. Maybe you’ll find another book to add to your “to be read” bookshelf, or maybe you’ll be persuaded to remove one from you Amazon wish list, but either way I’ll do the legwork for you. So, without further ado, let me present the first edition of Reading on the Road. Continue reading “Reading on the Road: A Gentleman in Moscow and The Blinds”

Travel

Glacier Views and Scenic Cruising

During the last two days of our cruise, we spent the time scenic cruising. Hands down, the greatest thing a Princess Alaskan Cruise offers is access to Glacier Bay National Park. Only two cruise ships are permitted per day, along with only twenty-five other boats. If you have the time, I absolutely recommend visiting the actual park. For us, the days cruising were enough, even if they were just a taste. We spent an entire day cruising there, and then spent the next day cruising College Fjord. College Fjord is home to five glaciers that terminate in the water, and is a great experience as well.

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Travel · Van Life

Introducing the Van: Everyone Meet Marlowe

A surprising number of people have asked to see my van, and apparently telling them to google “Ford Transit” hasn’t been the answer they were looking for. I’ve only done some insignificant things, there’s not a lot to show you, unless you want to know how to bug bomb a van. I’m trying to listen to my followers however, so here is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever done: A Van Photoshoot with my girl Marlowe! Continue reading “Introducing the Van: Everyone Meet Marlowe”

Travel · Trip review

Skagway – A Gold Rush History

Alright Dashin’ Ash community, I’m probably going to sound like a bit of a Debbie downer here. That’s not who I am, I don’t usually like to act that way, but the town of Skagway, Alaska just rubbed me the wrong way. It could have been that my expectations were too high. I wanted to walk amongst the historic buildings, ride along the historic White Pass Yukon Railway, and completely immerse myself in gold rush history. Everywhere in Alaska seems to have been affected by the 1898 gold rush, but Skagway most predominantly so, and I wanted to be a part of that! Continue reading “Skagway – A Gold Rush History”