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Recreational Registration for our SPRING 2017 SEASON will open in Mid-December 2016 Competitive Tryouts are December 12th-18th at the Morgan Hill Sports Complex For Michelle, this was another first, and the superlatives kept on coming. I think Skagway is the perfect embodiment of what Alaska is about. Historically, it was a jumping off point for the stampeders during the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898. Soapy Smith exempli- fied the early stories of lawlessness and greed. It showed the spirit and determination of man (with a touch of greed) as tens of thousands made their way over the White Pass Trail seeking fortunes that only a few would find. It’s got that special Alaskan beauty. Hardin Glacier rests just beyond the city. The surrounding mountains and view down the Lynn Canal where forested mountains go right to the water’s edge are classic Alaska. Walking through Skagway’s downtown I felt a bit of my own history tugging at me. As a boy I had visited Skagway with my extended family and stood in front of the Arctic Brotherhood Hall. There I was, forty- six years later, standing in the same spot. It hadn’t changed a bit. The familiar smell of saltwater and creosote pier pilings brought back a flood of memories. We traveled into a forested area to camp. Smelling the damp moss, seeing the spiky devil’s club stalks, and looking up at the omnipresent spruce trees brought another flood of memories. As a kid I’d gotten used to having the wilds of Alaska as my back yard, but that was a long time ago. Now I can share the memories with Michelle. 16500 Condit Rd, Morgan Hill For additional information, please visit our website at Professional mobile paper shredding & hard drive destruction for home or business at your site Cost is less than shredding your own! Paper shredding got you down? We Come • We Shred • We Recycle What could be better than that! • 408.615.8404 74 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2016