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Valerie Winans

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Valerie Winans

Ohio Street

I loved that old house on Ohio Street. The front porch was where grandma and I sat on the swing and talked about stuff. It’s …

Valerie Winans

Parrots: A Symbol of Love and Unity

Our family does not function well together. Dysfunctional is what it is. We have this love-hate thing going on. People from normal families may not …

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Denali

The first time I saw the mountain called Denali was from the Parks Highway. It was our first trip to Alaska. In retrospect, it was …

Valerie Winans

A Letter to Eunice

January 2021 Dear Eunice, There’s something about the end of one year and the beginning of another to make me pause and reflect. The older …

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A Christmas Letter

Dear Eunice, Doesn’t it seem as though Christmas comes sooner every year? Back in the day, Christmas came after Thanksgiving. Now it comes after Labor …

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A Halloween Costume Party

“Let’s have a party. A Halloween party. Costumes of course. We should make a list,” I said. “Sounds great—let’s do it. I’m already thinking about …

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Knock, Knock, Who’s There?

I loved my job as a campground host at Savage River Campground in Denali National Park and Preserve. I met people from all over the …

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When Does Hard Work Turn To Reward?

I like the out of doors. I enjoy an adult beverage on the deck. I like a stroll along a well-groomed trail. I very much …

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Should I Write This Book?

“This book needs to be written,” he said. He was referring to the book called Alaska’s Savage River: Inside Denali National Park and Preserve. Deeply …

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The Christmas Beagle

My very first Christmas was the best Christmas I ever had because that was when I found my forever home with my humans Dave and …

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Sled Dog

It was cold even by Nome standards, and I was curled up in my dog house preserving energy. I heard the other dogs before I …

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Barry St. Bernard

I love snow! I love the wet, the cold, the soft and fluffy, the hard and crystal like. I love snow. I like to push my …

About Valerie Winans
We like to camp because it’s easy to take our best friend with us. When we were hired as campground hosts in Denali National Park and Preserve Remington Beagle was only about a year old. Since that first trip up the Alaska Highway we have been in love with not only all things Alaska, but also the adventure in getting there each time with our truck and trailer. 

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