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My sister and Alaska

My sister Cam and I are years apart in age (she was born the year I graduated from high school) but we’re soul mates. (For those of you with a copy of my book Girls: A History of Growing Up Female in America, there’s a picture of Cam on p. 71 and on the back cover.) She and her husband have been driving and camping from their home in Hemet, CA, to Alaska since early May. Cam’s been keeping us updated with vivid emails and spectacular pictures. At this point, they are on the return trip. Here’s an excerpt from yesterday’s email: From Jasper we continued south through Lake Louise and Banff. This highway is called the Icefields Parkway and is described as one of North America’s most scenic drives. Photos of this majestic area do not come close to describing the beauty. Huge snow-capped mountains, rivers running bank to bank, crystal clear lakes varying from gray to blue to green, thick forests of tall pine trees, abundant wildlife and more waterfalls than we could count. A number of glacier fingers connected to the Columbia Icefields were visible from time to time. . . .Tonight we are in Lethbridge, Alberta, about 63 miles from the border. Tomorrow we will cross into the U.S. and head for Glacier National Park. Wildlife has been abundant. So far, 15 bears, one wolf, one pheasant, lost count of the many moose, elk, caribou and deer. Eagles, hawks, geese, swans, ducks, loons and ptarmigan.

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