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Saeward

Freelance writer and copyeditor, professional outdoor guide, part-time dragon. Currently accepting new clients.

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I camped out last night! And took this creepy yawning selfie when I woke up in the morning. The temperature actually rose about 10° F during the night, so I woke up a little too warm, but otherwise the night was a success. #soloadventures #solowintercamping #alaskaninterior #sleepingcozy #queerinthewild

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Had an awesome opportunity last week to help train dogs out of a truck on Denali Highway. We spent the night at a backcountry lodge and saw some gorgeous views of the Alaska range. I rode on top of the trailer for a little while at the start, enjoying the fresh air and big space. After that brief stint on the trailer, I mostly sat in the cab eating junk food while everyone else did all the work. Also, I think I'm improving my selfie game, just a tiny little bit. Thanks to @rynokennel for letting me hang out with your wonderful dogs, and for not complaining when I ate crunchy potato chips really loudly while you were trying to focus. #sleddogsofinstagram #winteradventures #denalihighway #unglamorousadventurer

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This is the afternoon view from my back doorstep. #iloveblackspruce #littlecabininthewoods #livingmydreams

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Pictures from camping last night. 1. Dawn on the river 2. Kindi, all-purpose camping companion, sled dog, and adorable cuddler 3. Selfies are hard. Headlamp selfies are even harder. 4. It's muddy out there. Neos with running shoes were not a comfortable footwear choice, but it's the best I have for these conditions. 5. Fit everything easily into a pretty small pack, since I ate dinner before I went out. 6. Not pictured: sticks, dirt, and other debris that crept into my bivy sack and sleeping bag from the surrounding ground. Does anyone have tips for keeping debris out of a bivy bag? #livingmydreams #solocamping #unglamorousadventurer #bivysack

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I camped out last night for the first time of the season, accompanied by an adorable sled dog named Kindi. We initially settled in to sleep right next to the river, but after about 30 minutes of assorted loud animal noises, I remembered a lesson I learned at @lowgearfarmstead , which is that sleeping next to a river is like sleeping next to a rowdy disco due to various animals walking around, drinking water, trying to eat each other, crashing through bushes, etc. After listening to bizarre noises for a while, I moved far enough inland to be in a quieter spot. I'm pretty sure it was above freezing all night, because I was roasting inside a 20 degree sleeping bag. Around 7 a.m. I woke up and packed up, then we made our way down to the riverbank, where Kindi and I watched the dawn for over an hour. This video is from about 8:15 a.m., and that blurry darkness at the end is Kindi licking the camera lens. #solocamping #sleddogsofinstagram #alaskaninterior #ihopewintercomessoon #alaskansunrise #wildanimalscanbereallyloud

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I'm in the Alaskan interior for the winter, and I intend to take advantage of this by learning how to be safe and comfortable while winter camping in a wide range of conditions. I know some of y'all are already experts at this, and I'm hoping you'll help me out as I have questions. I've had trouble finding information on the internet. When I search for answers to my questions, I find info about how to camp in 30 degree weather. I want to know how to camp in temps 60 degrees colder than that, -30 degrees. Other info is geared towards those who have access to tons of money and fancy resources, or can hire a guide. I'm willing to save up and spend money when needed, but I also know there's no substitute for learned skills. I intend to track down, discover, stumble upon, shiver, and sweat until I've learned what I want to know. And then I plan to share that knowledge with the world, because I want other young, poor, diverse, rural people to have the chance to get out there, too. Starting tonight, I will be camping out at least one night each week, and sharing what I learn on my blog. Pictures and thoughts will be posted tomorrow! #wintercamping #diversifyoutdoors #itsgonnabebeautiful #nosnowyet #seeyououtthere

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It's been almost 2 weeks since our arrival in Alaska. In that time, I've almost gotten my car stuck in mud 3 times, hoped for colder weather nearly every minute, collided my teeth with the teeth of an extremely fast puppy (no one was injured), found and harvested some chaga, gotten dramatically better at operating a wood stove, gone on 2 sled dog training runs, had afternoon tea in the sunshine on the banks of a beautiful river, seen the northern lights, and - best of all - slept an average of 8.5 hours per night. It's shaping up to be a good winter. #winterdreams #thismud #unglamorousadventurer #coldisourfriend #sleddogpuppies #ivebeenworkingtooipromise #ilovesleeping

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This northern forest is really, really huge. However, just like everywhere else in the world, the landscape is ruled by small, ancient, powerful organisms. Someday, I'm going to write an adventure story in which mosses, lichens, and microbes work together to save the world. It'll be nonfiction. #bryophytes #lichensofinstagram #borealforest #mosspower #lichenpower #microbesruletheworld #andlookhowpretty #tundralife

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We went to Liard Hot Springs on the drive north and enjoyed some nice soaking in the middle of a beautiful snowy forest. The warm, marshy ecosystem surrounding the natural springs is a unique center of year-round life in an otherwise harsh climate. Also, @barkingraven did her civic duty and cleaned up some empty beer cans when we were the first to arrive at the pools in the morning. #liardhotsprings #naturalhotsprings #coolkidscleanuplitter #canadianrockies #seasonaladventures

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Check out our sweet new digs! We'll be spending some months as tenants here. This nice little off-grid cabin is about 15x15. It's surrounded by black spruce, beautiful moss and lichen, birch, and plenty of room for roamin' in the woods. If you had asked 8-year old Saeward to describe her dream home, it would have been exactly this. @barkingraven #livingmydreams #offgridliving #littlecabininthewoods #somuchtoexperience #diversifyoutdoors

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Drivin' to Alaska. Didn't take us long to find winter. #whydidichoosethis #driftingnorth

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"Lichens are beautiful, fascinating, and present everywhere from city streets to the shores of Antarctica." It's the moment you've all been waiting for! I finally finished the blog! A Beginner's Guide to Loving Lichens gives a simple overview of lichens, and also explains why that knowledge makes your life more wonderful. This is the nerdy narrative you didn't know you needed to read. Check out the link in my bio. * * * * #lichens #natureisforeveryone #freelancewriter #outdoorbloggers #lichensofinstagram #outdoorguide #astrobiology #rulethesolarsystem #ordinaryoutdoors #unglamorousadventurer

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I've been researching and writing about lichens all day, and my excitement level is about as high as the International Space Station. Coming soon to my blog: an extremely excited explanation of lichens. Did I mention that lichens are exciting? #lichen #lichenofinstagram #freelancewriter #ilovemyjob #sorryaboutthealliteration #appreciatetheoutdoors #naturenugget #sciencescienceeverywhere #astrobiology

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Happy #equinox from Guatemala! It's weird to spend it in a place where day-length barely changes and flowers are blooming year-round. Also weird to know that in a few weeks I'll be driving from Minnesota up to central Alaska, where the length of day very much matters. I'm treasuring the gentle weather here, but also totally pumped to spend my winter up North. #celebratechange #gonorth #treasureeveryday #freelancerlife

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Visited Valhalla Experimental Station, a sustainable macadamia plantation near San Miguel Dueñas, and it was basically a miniature slice of paradise. Featured photos: in-shell macadamias drying on a rack, a machine (the "Mac giver") that removes the outermost husk from the macadamias, video of an extremely simple device that sorts the in-shell nuts by size, and a few other pictures of the plantation overall. Macadamia trees apparently are particularly good at absorbing carbon dioxide and pollutants, so the air smelled extra fresh. Thanks to Noe and Ilse for taking us along on a field trip! #valhallaexperimentalstation #macadamiaproduction #antiguaguatemala #sustainableagriculture

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