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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Call of the Wild

Posted September 10, 2007 11:08 a.m. EDT
Updated September 10, 2007 11:10 a.m. EDT

Have you ever been to Alaska?  If so what are your best memories?  What were your favorite places in “The Last Frontier.”

My good friend and co-worker Nathan Clendenin has just returned from a working vacation in Alaska. Nathan has compiled a stunning slide show of his travels. If you haven’t already seen it please check it out. I can’t believe Nathan got that close to a grizzly bear. And what an awesome rainbow shot!

I have never been to Alaska but I have been thinking about it a lot lately. Former Miss Garner Leigh Tulloss lives there with her husband in the military and Leigh was our correspondent from Alaska in the quest to get comments from old 50 states. Also, for some reason, my music gets a lot of airplay in Alaska and I have developed a nice relationship with many radio air personalities. Maybe it’s the reverence we share for the environment that connects us.

Plus, I will never forget my nephew Matt Green’s tales of the Great North adventure. He drove from Virginia to Alaska for the thrill of taking an icy dip in the Arctic Ocean.

During my environmental reporting days I was almost sent to Alaska to cover the Exxon Valdez disaster in 1989 but the trip fell through at the last minute. Then I was working to go there this past spring while working on a global warming documentary but another snag came up.

So, to say the least, I am still hungry for a trip to that great place my childhood writing hero Jack London chronicled. Let’s listen for the Call of the Wild!