After growing up in retail in Skagway giving tours has been the best decision ever! The joy and awe that my visitors share with me on tour reminds me every single day of how very lucky I am to live in Alaska. I have had a very active Alaskan life full of dog mushing, kayaking, rafting, camping, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, and endless adventures that I love to share with my clients. I have a passion for history, and love to share facts and stories that stretch past the brief Gold Rush history of the area and dig deeper into the stories and history of the land, Native peoples, and alternative history most newcomers who give tours have no idea about.
Each tour is entirely catered to the group so I never give the same tour twice. I love feeling out each group to see what really captivates them and know that this ability to be totally spontaneous makes for a truly authentic experience for my passengers. At the end of every trip I feel like I have made new friends. I can't believe I get paid to do what I love and get to be a part of so many trips "of a lifetime". I am grateful for each group as everyone who chooses to tour with me helps me to live full time in the land that I love. Join me for the ultimate LOCAL experience!
Here's a little more about me: I started life in our trading post in Nome, Alaska that my parents started after coming to the Last Frontier to teach at an all-Native boarding school in the late 60's. I grew up with unique experiences that seem stereotypical to what people would imagine of life in the Last Frontier. My babysitters were Inupiaq and I spent most of my early years steeped in Native food, stories, culture and love. We had a team of 2 dozen sled dogs that my dad used to run in the 1976 Iditarod Sled Dog Race (he won the coveted Red Lantern Award for last place). Growing up we would pack up the camper and set out exploring every corner of this vast and great state which provided endless stories and precious memories that I love to share with visitors.
We moved to Skagway in 1976 and opened a gallery and museum of Alaskan History. I worked from the time I could reach the counter and saw the tourism industry grow with each passing season. During my tenure running the family biz, I would fly up to the Inupiaq and Siberian Yupik Eskimo villages to buy artwork directly from the artists which is something no other retailers do. Despite my love for the history, artists, materials and family I realized that after 30 years in retail I needed to find my own direction away from the family business. I adore sharing my town, region, and experiences with people from all over the world and love hearing their stories as well. This is truly the best "job" ever! I look forward to meeting you in Skagway!
A Recent Review of this guide
Very kind & very knowledgeable. Beautiful views and the van was very comfortable!
-Years in Skagway: 43 and counting. Tour guide in Skagway '95-'97. Tour guide again in Skagway 2012-present day
-200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate From Padmakarma Yoga (kovalum, India Jan'17)
-80 Hour Acro Yoga Teacher Training Certificate (vancity Acro, Vancouver, Bc Jan '18)
-20 Hour Yoga For Kids Teacher Training (yamiyoga Sept'17)
-Ba Hamline University, St Paul Mn '93
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