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James – Driver Guide

by ATJ Posted in I ♥ Alaska, Off the Clock, Only in Alaska
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 – Driver Guide

by ATJ Posted in I ♥ Alaska, Off the Clock, Only in Alaska
“Why do you live here?” It’s a question I’m often asked when I tell people that Ketchikan is one of the rainiest city in North America. 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,...  Read More

Celeste – Assistant Transportation Services Manager

by ATJ Posted in Goin' Cruisin', I ♥ Alaska, Off the Clock, Only in Alaska
My trek to Ketchikan, Alaska was an unusual one. I’m from New Jersey and in 2005 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...  Read More

Katie – Passenger Services Representative

by ATJ Posted in Off the Clock
I moved to Juneau, Alaska in January of 2006 and was desperate for a job. At the SOA Juneau Job Services, they handed me a flyer for AlaskaTourJobs, and I thought it was too good to be true. I grew up in Wyoming and didn’t know much about the cruise...  Read More

Matt – Whittier Supervisor

by ATJ Posted in Off the Clock, Only in Alaska, Tales from the Rail
I first drove up the Alcan Highway in the summer of 1999. I am no stranger to traveling and to long road trips, but this was a whole new adventure. I was driving north to Alaska! I packed my truck with everything I owned and hit the road. Camped all...  Read More

Cody – Social Coordinator

by ATJ Posted in Off the Clock
My name is Cody and I am the Social Coordinator for the 2008 MPL Season. I come from Tiffin, OH, where I spent the last 3 1/2 years attending Heidelberg College, majoring in Music (Voice Performance) and Psychology. I began my search for summer employment in mid-November when I decided...  Read More

Robert – Food & Beverage Supervisor

by ATJ Posted in In the Kitchen, Off the Clock
As a supervisor, I have been able to develop my management skills here at Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge. Since my arrival, I have felt like I was part of a family. I have found many life-long-friends and even LOVE here in Alaska. The atmosphere here is full of support...  Read More

Carmello – Sous Chef

by ATJ Posted in I ♥ Alaska, In the Kitchen, The Alaska Experience Blog
I came to Alaska last season as a student on my externship for school. I had no plans for Alaska on my list but when the window of opportunity opened, I jumped. I’m glad I did too. Coming up here opened a new world of adventure and showed me that...  Read More

Derrick – Front Desk Agent

by ATJ Posted in I ♥ Alaska, Off the Clock, Only in Alaska
I had initially planned a large scale trip across Canada in order to celebrate the completion of my formal education. Somehow, when planning this trip I came across an ad that gave me the idea of pursuing seasonal work. Working and living in Alaska would give me the opportunity to...  Read More

Bella – Devil’s Canyon River Boat Tour

by ATJ Posted in I ♥ Alaska, Off the Clock, Only in Alaska
I had the best day off on Tuesday. The enclosed river boat had 18 passengers heading out for a five hour journey on the Susitna River, 130 miles round trip. It traveled at 35 mph wending its way through thickly forested shorelines. Eli was the young native pilot, and the...  Read More