Author: Dorothy Olmstead (13 posts)


Thanking Tanana

“It’s 36,” a friend tells Tom Hyslop, who just threw a tarp over raked dog straw with the help of another local volunteer. That means 36 degrees below zero. The morning sun shines brightly on this south-facing village on the Yukon River, nestled about a mile downriver from the confluence of the Tanana River, but its …


A Thousand Miles of Breaking Trail

Today in Tanana, the world will celebrate the first musher to the Yukon, but the award only voices one piece of the story. At nine am this morning the trail breakers departed Tanana on their snow machines and headed down the Yukon River setting the trail for the teams. The spirit of volunteerism permeates every …


Off the Road System

Off the road system. For years, that phrase cast a seductive mystique I had not felt since my early traveling days. At 23, I moved four thousand miles from my childhood home in the Chicago suburbs to Denali National Park, Alaska, and although there was an entire country wedged between the two locations it was entirely …