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About Pam Mandel

Pam Mandel is a freelance writer and photographer from Seattle, Washington. When she's not blogging about her travels at Nerd's Eye View, she's shredding ukulele with Seattle's loudest ukulele band, The Castaways.

Hiking on Matanuska Glacier in Alaska

The glacier is about a two hour drive from Anchorage, though you have to bake in extra time to stop at the viewpoint. On the day I made the trip, the sky was low and gray, but there was a window of blue visible just above the place where the glacier poured, in slow motion, […]

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October 17, 2013 by | Comments Off on Hiking on Matanuska Glacier in Alaska

A View of the Summit on a Denali National Park Flightseeing Tour

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Locals call Denali – or McKinley, you decide – The Mountain. When you’re lucky enough to see it you understand why. Though it’s flanked by several other great peaks, Denali towers above them all at 20,320 feet. My friend — a former resident of the mountain town where most expeditions to Denali start — envied […]

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September 23, 2013 by | Comments Off on A View of the Summit on a Denali National Park Flightseeing Tour

Penguins and Postcards in Port Lockroy, Antarctica

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In my excitement I ended up with two stamps – the first, placed by the kayak expedition leader on my ship, the second one stamped myself in the British Antarctica Research Center at Port Lockroy. Now, my passport holds two blue ovals, each with the same date and map coordinates, each displaying an indigo blue […]

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June 25, 2013 by | Comments Off on Penguins and Postcards in Port Lockroy, Antarctica