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Bill ReeseLaura Binzcak
Letter from our Editor
Dear reader, I was explaining to someone the other day that my publication is about traveling in the United States, and they pointed out that that fits me perfectly. It really got me thinking I have been flying since before I was 2 years old. My dad has lived in Col-orado basically my whole life, and I can remember going out to visit him ever since I was little. When I was 5, my parents took me to Cozumel, Mexico, for va-cation (where I learned how to swim without any floaties, by the way). At the age of 12, I flew by myself to Texas to meet up with my dad, and then later flew with him to Aguascalientes, Mexico. When I was 15, my dad moved to Hawaii, and I was fortunate enough to have been able to travel there to visit him four times. In high school, the marching band got to go to Florida and visit Disney World and Universal Studios. Last spring, my mom and I flew to Alabama for my cousins wedding. This was the first time that I had ever really been to the South, and I absolutely loved it. In fact, in the winter of 2014, I flew back down to Alabama by myself to visit my relatives and explore a little bit of the culture. My travels dont stop there. Im hoping to take a road trip with my cousin next summer to visit each state in the continental U.S., with the Grand Canyon being our main goal. Thats where I got the idea for my magazine, from my overwhelming urge to travel. I am consumed by wanderlust, and I wanted to make my magazine for the others out there who are just like me. In this months issue, Laura Binzcak created a list of the top 10 places she would like to travel to, because I love learning about other peoples travels and experiences. Who knows, maybe I will end up visiting one of those places some-where down the road.
Erin ReeseEditor-in-Chief of Journey Magazine
Bill has been traveling for years, and although he is from Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, he has lived in Colorado, Ha-waii, and just recently, Alaska. He has resided in DeBeque, Colorado, Molokai, Hawaii, and Dillingham, Alaska. For the upcoming winter, he has moved back to Shippensburg to visit with family and take over on his brothers farm.
Taylor is from Hopewell, Pennsylvania and has been interested in sled dog racing from a young age. When she was 15, she had a chance of a lifetime and raced in the Jr. Iditarod
in 2013. For her first time, she placed 6th place among 13 other racers. For more info on what shes up to now, follow
her Facebook account Taylor Steele Racing.
My name is Laura, a 22-year-old writer from the Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Growing up in the South all of my life has played a big part in who I am and how I write. In the South its a differ-ent way of life. Everyone is happy, they start their day off with a gracious heart and open arms. I was taught to always be respect-ful, truthful and above all grateful for everything I have.
Table of Contents
14 Travel Stories22 Travel Tips25 How-tos
Alaska:The Last Frontier
Alaska conjures up images of snow, cold weatehr, bears, and other wondrous species of wildlife. But theres actually more to the 49th U.S. state than most people think. Ever since she was 10-years-old, Taylor Steele knew she wanted to train dogs, race in the Iditarod and move to Alaska. She is slowly but surely, turning her dreams into reality. In 2011, Steel became friends with Conway Seavey, whose dad and older brothers all have participated in the Iditarod. In 2012, Steele got the chance of a lifetime when here and her father moved up to Sterling, Alsask, so she could train with the Seaveys, and participate in the 2013 Jr. Iditarod. The Seaveys are what you would call Alaskan Royalty, according to Steele. It all started with Dan Seavey Sr. In
1971, he got together with Joe Redington, Tom Johnson and Gleo Huyck to put on a race across Alaska. That race became widely known as the great Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. After years of training and racing in the Idiarod, Dans son Mitch followed in his footsteps and competed in his first Iditarod in 1982. Now, Mitchs sons Dallas and Danny have kept the tradition going, and both ahve placed in the Iditarod alongside their father and grandfatehr. Dallas is a three-time Iditarod champ before the age of 28. After graduating form high school this past spring, Steele deciding to give sled dog training another shot. At the age of 18, she flew up to Alaska, got an apartment by herself and got a job for the Seaveys on their Iditaride Sled Dog Tours. 14
Alaska:The Last Frontier
People come from all over to visit this place because the Seaveys are well known for their fast dogs and Iditarod history. When I first started here at the beginning of August, my job was to ride along in the sleds with the guests, give the dogs the commands and basically just give commentary to the guests on how we train our dogs, and what its like out on the Iditrod trail. My first week here I met poeple from Russia and China, so its kind of a big deal.Steele was chosen to be in charge of the yearling dogs and train them for the upcoming Iditarod. She basically put together an A and B team for Mitch Seavey and will help him in his upcoming race. Steele didnt do a lot of traveling as a kid, so moving to Alaska by herself at the young age of 18 was quite the transition. When I was here before, training and participation in the Jr. Iditarod,
it was differnet because I was training with Conway, whos my age, and it was just us most of the time. I wasnt working with other people or taking care of all of these dogs like I am now. So it was a big adjustment at first, but I have made so many friends, and met some amazing people who have come all the way to Alaska just to get a taste of what sled dog racing is about. Steele contemplated the differences between Alaska and home. I guess when I think about it, where I live isnt much different from back home, except for the fact that its colder, much colder. She said that TV shows and moves make it look like Alaska is some unexplored state, where you have to travel long distances to get anywhere. While this may 15
Its been a wonderful ex-
perience so far, and Ive gotten to see a lot of what Alaska has to
be true for some towns in Alaska, she said that the nearest town is just a short 10-minute drive away from her little cottage in Sterling. Its not like you have to hike up some mountain to find a little store for rations. We have grocery stores, movie theaters, all that good stuff. Traveling to Alaska is an ex-tensive trip. Steele said that the best time for people to visit would be the start of Spring, when its not too cold, but theres still enough snow on the ground to make the towns look beau-tiful and inviting. She said that pretty much anywhere you go in the state, you will always have a spectacular view of snow covered mountains. It just never gets old. Bill Reese has had a similar experience as Steele, but in his own words, is much farther away from civilization. About three years ago, Reese was living in Hawaii on a small island called Molokai. There, he met a man by the name Virgil Peachy, who was a bush plane pilot in Alaska in the summertime. Peachy had heard of a job at a very secluded lodge in Dillingham, Alaska, and knew that Reese would be the right guy for the job. About three years ago, I flew up to Anchorage, where I had to wait for a smaller plane so I could fly to this little lodge. You literally can only get there by plane because this place is so secluded. Throught the summer, Reese was the maintenance man and
worked on whatever needed fixed or done around the lodge. A lot of rich people usually stay there for a week or two in the summer. Ive actually met some State Representatives from Congress who like to spend their spare time away from their busy lives in D.C. Its been a wonderful experience so far, and Ive gotten to see a lot of what Alaska has to offer. In his time spent in Alaska, Reese said that on his days off, he has gone fishing, kayaking and, when he has the chance, likes flying back to Anchorage to do some sightseeing and activities. I actually went on a 6-day kayaking trip last summer on a river system in Alaska. It was amazing, one of the coolest experiences Ive ever had, but it was very wet. Both Steele and Reese are expected to come back to Pennsylvania sometime next Spring, but they both plan on returning to Alaska at the first chance they get.
The Top 10 Places on my Travel Bucket List
By Laura Binczak
New Orleans, LouisianaFrom the city streets to the bayou, New Orleans, Louisiana just about has it all. The idea of chowing down on some hot and spicy Cajun food then making your way to Bourbon Street, sounds like my kind of trip. New Orleans is known for its laissez-faire attitude and Mardi Gras festivities. Not only is there a lot to do, but there is so much to explore, New Orleans is loaded with historical monuments and fun restaurants, which makes it the No. 1 place on my travel bucket list.
cities in the South according to the Travel Channel. The city of Savannah offers travelers a pleasant experience, from the restaurants on