Welcome to my page on Alaska. I have lived year round in Valdez, AK since 1993. It's only been in the last year that family and job concerns have brought me back down below to stay for a while. I was back up this summer for a month to commercial fish and to visit with all the friends I left behind. I plan on spending as much time up there as my schedule will allow. I've already got plans to be fishing up there again next summer. I've got a friend (also a former Alaskan) who's trying to talk me into some gold prospecting next summer. Sounds like a real pie in the sky idea, but I may give it a whirl just because I've never done it before!
They say that once Alaska gets in your blood, you'll always go back. Alaska is definitely in my blood! I love Alaska and will always return every chance I get. Alaska is a very beautiful state with enough to keep you exploring forever. You'll also experience a sense of freedom there that is becoming rare down below.
Below, you will find a few links where you can learn a lot about the state and what it has to offer. I'll keep adding to this page so keep checking back. Check out my photo gallery which includes many of my own photos.
Processing Jobs in Alaska
If you're looking for a job on a fishing boat, I wouldn't waste a whole lot of money on how-to-get-a-job guides. Every fishing job I've had has been from getting to know people and being in the right place at the right time. My first job was on a shrimp boat. I was working at one of the local canneries when the a crewmember came down looking for another crewmember. I jumped at that chance to get on a boat. That was dirty, smelly work and it never paid much because the season was almost over, but I was on a boat!
The following summer I had a friend come look me up to tell me there was an opening on one of the tenders. I went right down and talked to the skipper. The next morning I was heading out on the water again. As a greenhorn, I was making $100/day in 1994. That was a lot of money for me then. Tendering isn't all that hard, though you do keep some odd hours and sometimes spend extended periods on the water. I had a fun summer and got to see a lot of Prince William Sound too.
I've been seining for the past three seasons. I was wandering around town one day when up pulled a friend with his skipper. They were trying to round up another crewmember. Two hours later I was flying out to Port Chalmers where the boat was. Seining can be really hard work. I wasn't sure I was going to make it that first week. After that things got a lot easier and I made it just fine. Seining will usually pay you a percentage of the catch. Most skippers take out groceries and some will even take out fuel. An experienced crewmember will get a higher percentage than a greenhorn. I make good money out there. I also work for a good skipper who I keep going back to year after year. I'll be back on board this spring.
I recently saw the movie The Perfect Storm. Its a different kind of fishing in different waters but this movie did a wonderful job of capturing the life and attitude of a commercial fisherman. I loved it! Below are some books which will also give you some insight into the life of a fisherman in Alaska.
Online is committed to providing those interested in visiting Alaska
with the very best vacation planning information. This site includes
lots of good stuff including virtual tours, history, weather, maps, and
a photo gallery.
The Alaska Internet Travel Guide is another site that is a comprehensive online travel information source. They feature hundreds of businesses that specialize in providing travel tours, accomondations, and adventures in the Great Land.
A great way to see a lot of Alaska in a short time is by riding the Alaska Railroad. It runs all the way from Seward up to Fairbanks. You can also create your own tours by riding part or all of it.
Another great way to travel Alaska is on the Alaska Marine Highway System, Alaska's state ferry. They can even bring you and your vehicle up to Alaska from Bellingham, WA. They also run out the Aleutian as far as Dutch Harbor during the summer.
Mugsy's B&B Looking for a place to stay while you're in Anchorage? Well look no further. Warren and Karen run a great little bed & breakfast in a quiet suburb of Anchorage. You'll love the owners, atmosphere, and the peace and quiet. You never know what you might see here though. Summer of 99 there was a mamma moose and her baby trying to help themselves to the bird feeder in the back yard! Check out their website for all the details.
Sites With Lots of Links to a Bit of Everything
Link up Alaska
I Love Alaska
Here are a few excellent sites that provide a lot of information on gold prospecting. I'll be hitting these sites a lot myself so I have some idea what I'm doing when I give it a try next summer.
Star Eagle River weekly
Anchorage Daily News
The Anchorage Press weekly, the best of the alternative news. A good read.
The Bush Blade Anchor Point monthly
Business News Alaska monthly
Capital City Weekly Juneau
Eagle Eye Journal Haines weekly
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
The Frontiersman Wasilla-Palmer weekly
Juneau Daily News Online
Juneau Empire daily
Kanoe Ketchikan daily
Ketchikan Daily News
Kodiak Daily Mirror
The Nome Nugget weekly
The Seldovia Herald
|Welcome to my photo gallery. Other than one postcard,
these are all photos I've taken myself. Most are taken on or around
Prince William Sound and Valdez where I lived and fished. I've chosen
to use a straight text format for this gallery because most people (myself
included) still use a slow dialup connection. This way you only have
to wait on the photos you want to view.
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