How I Came to Alaska

One of the most unique stories about my life is how I came to live in Juneau. I hope you enjoy!

D.I.P.A.C. Fish Hatchery where it all began!

I came to Juneau when I was 4 years old and my brother was 6 months old. My parents decided to take us on a road trip from Texas to Alaska in our Geo Tracker. Yep, a tiny Geo Tracker, my parents are crazy! We ended up in Juneau on July 6th, 1995. Just a few days later, on a rare, beautiful sunny day, we went to the local fish hatchery and fished for dog salmon. I was sitting there with a fishing pole in my hand, looking down the Gastineau Channel, thinking “this is amazing”. It just felt like home. Pretty profound for a 4-year-old, right? I turned to my parents and said “Mama, Papa, I want to live here for the rest of my life.” My parents poo-pooed the idea initially, but it got my mom thinking. Later that day, while my brother was sleeping and I was happy as a clam on the dock fishing, she decided to go for a drive. When she came back, she told my dad she had found jobs for both of them at the Baranof Hotel. He would be a waiter during the day, and she would work the front desk at night. Next thing I knew, we were calling my grandma to say we weren’t coming home. That seems like a rash decision, but there was good reason for it. That’s a story for a later post…

Jump forward 25 years and here I am, still living in Juneau. I married my high school sweetheart, Daniel  11 years ago. We have 2 amazing children; Jason who is 9, and Natalie who is 4. I was lucky enough to marry into a family who had a cabin just a few miles away from town. We are down at the cabin nearly every weekend during the summer and frequently during the winter as weather allows.

Here’s a little more about Juneau:

 Juneau Alaska is in Southeast Alaska which borders British Columbia, Canada. Juneau is a completely land locked town which means, the only way in or out of Juneau is either by taking one of the Alaska state ferries or flying. Want to learn a little more about the history of Juneau check out the Wikipedia page (here)

Until next time!

One thought on “How I Came to Alaska

  1. Aunt tracey

    well aunt Tracey missed y’all so much and still do miss both of you. {Brother) But you seam so happy. Thank goodness I can now follow you and yours on facebook,and when you came down to the lower 48. You have a great family. Love you for always


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