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The photograph of yellow pond lilies on Page 47 of the July issue was improperly oriented. The image can be correctly viewed by rotating the page one-quarter turn counterclockwise.

Every June the wetlands south of Portage and adjacent to the Seward Highway produce an outstanding display of yellow pond lilies and sedges. The young sedges thrust themselves skyward, grow heavy as they mature and eventually fall over on the water’s surface. The spruce forest on the mountainside reflects darkly in the water, allowing the rich greens and yellows of the floating lilies and sedges to stand out vibrantly.

-Ray Hafen

Ray Hafen Photography

Anchorage, Alaska

Essence of Alaska

The greatness and the beauty of Alaska are hard to capture in pictures or print, but you did a sensational job with the July issue. Best issue to date. I have been to Alaska four times and enjoy every minute I am there.

-Dale Starr

Glendale, Ariz.

Repeat Visitor

I would like to commend you and your staff for your excellent magazine, which I look forward to receiving each month. We first came to Alaska on a cruise in 1996 and fell in love with the people, scenery, fishing, etc. I have been coming back every year to fly fish (I am a regular at Great Alaska Fish Co.). I’ll be returning this year with my wife, who doesn’t fish, but shoots great video footage. Please keep up the fine journalism. Real Alaskans and Say What? make my day.

-Michael G. Patterson

Beaufort, S.C.

Passing Stirs Memories

As I read End of the Trail in the July issue, the familiar name Barbara “Bobby” Lindberg caught my eye.

We lived in Fairbanks in 1948 and 1949 at 808 Sixth Ave. (I believe it is now 816). We were the second owners of the house, having purchased it from the family that built it. Both families were stationed at Ladd Air Force Base [now Fort Wainwright]. I would often put our young son in a stroller or sled and walk to town to shop at Lindy’s Grocery, which was owned by Barbara and her husband, Lindy. Our condolences to the family and to the people of Fairbanks for their loss.

-Mildred Menke

Las Vegas, Nev.

Hooked on Alaska

What a discovery I’ve made! I always enjoy Dana’s contributions to Alaska magazine, but then I stumbled across one of her Kate Shugak novels at our local library and am on the hunt for the other 10.

My husband and I spent four wonderful summers in your great state, touring in our motor home, which we put on the ferry to visit Southeast, especially Sitka and Juneau. We also drove into the Interior. We flew to Anaktuvuk Pass to visit our daughter who was doing research there, and to Barrow where she and her husband had a special summer school session on oral histories for high school students.

I had another memorable visit to Fairbanks this past April to see my daughter, who was a visiting professor in anthropology for a semester at the University of Alaska.

I know this is long and wordy, but I’m 89 and love your state so much that I can’t help going to great lengths to express my feelings.

-Elizabeth Berlin

Hemet, Calif

Courage to Endure

I partly fulfill my decades-old dream of going to Alaska by reading your magazine cover to cover. I admire the tough people who live there and wish you would have more stories about Alaskans, particularly Alaska Natives, their traditions and hardships. Of all Alaskans, the bush pilots are at the top of my list for their courage to fly in bad weather to help someone.

Now that I’m 72 and retired, my pastimes are bow hunting and fishing. This gives me a chance to see wildlife and be thrilled by a fish on my ultralight rod.

-Robert Wolff

Neshkoro, Wis.

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