Willow, Alaska

Cabin on the Road to Denali

with Vivian M.

Vivian M.

As you drive from Anchorage to Denali National Park, stop for a home-cooked meal--usually steak grilled on the deck of the sweetest cabin you'll see in the northern forest. Ask Vivian your questions about the drive ahead, cell phone reception, nonexistent zoning and building codes, survival when it's 30 degrees below zero, the Iditarod Race, her books about the King Island people, local law, and unusual works of art in the cabin. Then choose an eco tour on foot or a driving tour of local homes & gardens.

Birdwatchers--we have loons on the lake, sometimes sandhill cranes feeding in the wetlands, ravens flying overhead all the time, trumpeter swans if you're very lucky, and all the little birds that you find everywhere in the world.

Depending on time you have available, we can visit a great art gallery on the Hatcher Pass Road, a raunchy local bar and grill, or neighbors at home; or we can walk through the spruce and birch forest to a private aero park replete with homes, hangars and aircraft that aviators dream of.

Forest flora: highbush cranberries, devil's club, Sitka roses, King Boletes, false morels, Labrador tea--U Pick as we walk.

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Vivian M.

I enjoy writing, cooking for friends, hiking in the forest, and watching life in the wild: the huge ungainly moose that meander through the forest, two loons who return to our little non-motorized lake every spring, sandhill cranes--they had babies following them last year. I grew up and went to college in Upstate New York, law school in Boston. I've spent my life in Alaska since. It's a fantastic place. I practice part-time now, so I have plenty of time to introduce visitors to the wonders of this Great Land. Adults and children with mental disabilities are welcome here. People smile at me wherever I go--I don't know why. Full profile Leave a Review