April 22, 2012 in Outdoors

Debbie Pierce pauses during a sea-kayaking excursion to the Cox Glacier at Harriman Fjord out of Whittier, Alaska.

“Eulah,” a 2005 four-wheel-drive Ford conversion van named for Debbie Pierce’s late grandmother, became the Pierces’ self-contained camping adventure wagon.

Bill and Debbie Pierce of Spokane Valley took advantage of losing their jobs in 2011 by launching a 15-month, 12,000- mile adventure trip in Alaska.

April 20, 2012 in Outdoors
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Bill and Debbie Pierce of Spokane Valley took advantage of losing their jobs in 2011 by launching a 1 5-month, 12,000-mile adventure trip in Alaska.

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The adventure begins here for Bill and Debbie Pierce of Spokane, who turned the lemons of being laid off as nurse anesthetists into lemonade by heading to Alaska for a kayaking adventure. The 2005 Ford conversion van is named Eulah, after Debbie’s grandmother who’s gift made the van purchase possible.

Bill Pierce photo

A black bear grazes along the Alaskan Highway in British Columbia. The sow was so intent on eating the dandelions, it took her while to notice a group of tourists had gathered with cameras. “She had two cubs in a tree nearby,” said Debbie Pierce of Spokane. “Once she realized we were there, she and the cubs took off in a dash.”