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John- Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge

by rosen Posted in Goin' Cruisin', I ♥ Alaska, Off the Clock
Fairbanks-Princess
I first came to Alaska in 1995 for a summer vacation with my brother Charlie. My first couple of years in Alaska I was an independent gold miner with a serious case of gold fever.  I never seemed to strike it rich and I was hurting for cash. My brother...  Read More

Hanni- Anchorage Transportation

by rosen Posted in I ♥ Alaska, Off the Clock, Only in Alaska
Scenic Alaskan Highway (Source: Alaska-in-Pictures)
I was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. Growing up, I was well aware of the high volume of tourists that ventured to The Last Frontier in the summers, and I couldn’t blame them. Not only does Alaska have a breathtaking landscape, but the people that live here share an...  Read More

Celeste- Ketchikan

by rosen Posted in Goin' Cruisin', I ♥ Alaska, Off the Clock, Only in Alaska
Beautiful Ketchikan (Bob Hirschfeld)
My trek to Ketchikan, Alaska was an unusual one.  I’m from New Jersey and I was employed as an Account Executive for a finance company in midtown Manhattan.  I had been in this position for almost a year, after originally being trained as a credit analyst and commercial lender in...  Read More

James- Ketchikan Driver Guide

by rosen Posted in Friendliest Catch: Fishing in Alaska, I ♥ Alaska, Off the Clock, Only in Alaska
Deer Moutain Towers Above Ketchikan (Laura Milholland
In 2002 I retired from my job in City Government and decided to try the adventure of a lifetime, that of visiting Alaska.  Alaska was my homeland for a short period of my childhood, living both in Anchorage and Juneau.  It was a tremendous honor to return to Alaska and...  Read More

David- Ketchikan Driver Guide

by rosen Posted in I ♥ Alaska, Off the Clock, Only in Alaska
Orca whales are a common site around Ketchikan (Source: Alan Wolf)
“Why do you live here?” It’s a question I’m often asked when I tell people that Ketchikan is my home. I was standing there by my coach, loading passengers on a Saturday morning when the question came up again. It’s not an easy question, because there are so many reasons....  Read More

Cindy- Denali Transportation

by rosen Posted in I ♥ Alaska, Only in Alaska
Denali highways
My Denali story began in Arizona in October, 2009. Having retired the previous year with aspirations of finding interesting work but not knowing exactly where to look, I was surfing the net and looked at a website, coolworks.com, which had been given to me by a Yellowstone employee over a...  Read More

Darlene- Juneau Operations Supervisor

by rosen Posted in I ♥ Alaska, Off the Clock, Only in Alaska
Juneau
Coming to Juneau has been a once in a life time experience. My job as an Operations Supervisor has provided me with the opportunity to grow and gain new skills. Working in tourism is a fast paced world but it’s so much fun! Outside of work I have been able...  Read More

Phillip- Juneau Driver Guide

by rosen Posted in I ♥ Alaska, Off the Clock, Only in Alaska
Gastineau Channel
My Alaskan adventure began the summer of 2009. I had just turned 22 and was on a plane from Seattle to Juneau with all the stops in between. It seemed hard to believe that just four months earlier I had accepted the position of driver guide and found myself behind...  Read More

Kristen- Juneau Driver Guide

by rosen Posted in I ♥ Alaska, Off the Clock, Only in Alaska
Juneau highway
I’m not joking when I say that driving has always been my biggest fear. As a kid I wouldn’t even drive the family tractor around the farm, and at sixteen I would have been quite content to delay taking driver’s ed until at least 18. And now I am driving...  Read More

Kathleen- Division Manager

by rosen Posted in I ♥ Alaska, Off the Clock, Only in Alaska
Amazing Anchorage is a perfect place to call home (Wikimedia Commons)
In February of 1997 my sister moved to Anchorage, Alaska to work at a local hospital.  She called me in March and suggested I come up for the summer and play.  I had never been to Alaska and was excited for the adventure.  I moved to Anchorage in April and...  Read More