Polar bear © Author Adventures

Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez won a National Book Award for non-fiction in 1986 and is a great example of informative and eloquent writing about the Far North. Read more about Barry Lopez here: barrylopez.com.

The University of Alaska at Anchorage awarded the author its Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters (2012) for his careful depiction of the Alaska environment and the Far North beyond. You can visit its website at http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/ and consider a campus visit.

When you go to Alaska, or anywhere extremely cold, some tourists enjoy the spit-in-the-wind trick. If your spit hardens when it hits the ground, it’s cold. If it hardens in mid-air, it’s colder.

The University of Alaska at Anchorage is the first stop on our Alaska Trail!

Patricia Smart