Jun 25, 2015

Star Turn: Snorkeling In The Land Of The Midnight Sun

A sea star outside Ketchikan, AK. Image copyright www.amandacastleman.com. 
Though hammered by the wasting syndrome, Ketchikan's sea stars are bouncing back, as my friend Stephanie and I saw on a brisk, morning swim with Snorkel Alaska.

Jun 24, 2015

Forever Blowing Bubbles (Humpbacks In Alaska!)

Even the naturalist was jumping up and down, when humpbacks began bubble-net feeding on either side of the boat. YES!!!

Whales feeding near Juneau, Alaska. Image copyright www.amandacastleman.com.

Jun 20, 2015

A Six-Orca Salute Before My Birthday

Sailing north with my dear friend and colleague Stephanie Oswald. Copyright amandacastleman.com.

A half-dozen of Puget Sound's resident killer whales just crested, as I sailed past my house en route to Alaska. I can't think of a more wonderful benediction on the eve of my 40th!

Jun 17, 2015

Forget The Dog. Homework-excuses Now Feature Sharks!

Best late-homework excuse EVER, from one of my Writers.com students: "Sharks are eating the internet!" And it's even true...

Image by GaborfromHungary via MorgueFile.

Jun 14, 2015

My Least Squeaky Interview Ever! #VoiceForPrint

My former student Alexa Williams Meisler interviewed me on her Break Into Travel Writing Podcast... and for once, I didn't completely sound like a cartoon mouse. Winning!

Jun 11, 2015

The Very Best Sort Of Birthday Paddling...

This touring kayak followed me home. Think I'll keep it... (jokes aside, I'm absolutely blown away by this early birthday present from my "big brother" Edward)

Jun 9, 2015

A Lucky Little Friend On The Shoreline

While visiting Edward in Bellingham, I ran across this lucky little due. Copyright www.amandacastleman.com.