Runaway Tales

Traveling Around the World in Fairbanks, Alaska

We haven’t been traveling for a year. Why not traveling around the world where you are now? Alaska is a diverse place. The most diverse neighborhood in the United States is in Anchorage. I know, I was surprised to learn that fact too. From Alaska Native people to Samoans, Ethiopians to Koreans, there’re lots of …

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How to Photograph Northern Lights Photos in Alaska

Here’s my insider tips for how to photograph northern lights photos in Alaska Growing up as an astronomy enthusiast in a big city, I dreamt of seeing the aurora in real life one day. I seized every opportunity to look at the dark sky and deep sky objects. I continued pursuing these opportunities during my …

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Hawaii’s Thirty Meter Telescope Controversy and Why I Couldn’t Visit W. M. Keck Observatory

What Does the Thirty Meter Telescope Mean to the People of Hawaii? Visiting Mauna Kea and the W. M. Keck Telescopes has been on my list for a very long time. Mauna Kea is known as one of the best places on Earth for large telescopes because viewing conditions are excellent due to high elevation …

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When Whales and Humans Talk: Fall Whaling in Utqiagvik, Alaska

Some experiences are so powerful that they take a long time to process. Witnessing whaling in Utqiagvik was like that for me. I traveled to Utqiagvik, Alaska (formerly known as Barrow), the northernmost town in the United States, in October. I am very much interested in visiting the Inupiat people’s homelands. My arrival coincided with …

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