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The Best Summer Solstice Celebrations in the World

by ATJ Posted in Off the Clock
solstice sunset at stonehenge
It doesn’t matter where you are the in the world – our heliocentric sense of time cycles us through seasons of darkness and short days, followed by those of rebirth and late twilights. As the sun reaches its highest point of the calendar year and seems to stands still on...  Read More

The Coolest Adventure Races on the Planet

by ATJ Posted in Off the Clock
wilderness runner
Something about Alaska’s rugged landscape and wide-open skies seems to invite exploration. Great journeys can begin anywhere in the world, but it should come as no surprise that a couple of the world’s coolest outdoor adventure races would take place amid the wild terrain of the New Frontier. In adventure...  Read More

The Best Places in Alaska to See the Northern Lights

by ATJ Posted in I ♥ Alaska
Alaska Northern Lights
One of the prettiest sights to see has to be the aurora borealis with its swirls of green, blue, yellow, or pink shimmering and pulsating across the night sky. Caused by a reaction of ionized particles in the atmosphere near the Earth’s poles, the Northern Lights are typically visible in...  Read More

The Great Migration: Who All Lives in Alaska?

by ATJ Posted in I ♥ Alaska
Old Town in Alaska
One question us Alaskans get asked often is, “People actually live in Alaska?” Yes! Not only do people live here, they love it here. In fact, while Alaska might have one of the smallest state populations in the United States, the diversity of its residents, and the ways in which...  Read More

Why I Like to Work Here: Joe Brannon- Rail Guide, Rail Services

by ATJ Posted in Why I Like to Work Here
Why do I keep coming back to work here?  It’s fun.  I get to share the Alaska I love with people and hear about their experiences on vacation.  The people I work with are great, too. Joe Brannon- Rail Guide, Rail Services...  Read More

Job Story: Pat Cooley- Front Desk Manager, Juneau (Baranof) Hotel

by ATJ Posted in The Alaska Experience Blog
Job Story:  Pat Cooley- Front Desk Manager, Juneau (Baranof) Hotel I was just a shy, young, wallflower, and left my home state of Washington after graduating from Seattle University to pursue a new adventure in Alaska. This adventure turned into a job that became my career in customer service.  I...  Read More

Alaska Jobs: Day In The Life: Escorted Tour Operations, Tour Director

by ATJ Posted in A Day In The Life
Escorted Tour Operations, Tour Director- Randy Shinn Being a Tour Concierge with Holland America-Princess has been and continues to be one of the most rewarding work experiences in my journey of life. I am able to meet interesting people from all over the world, aid in their process of touring...  Read More

Why I Like to Work Here: Lucie Payment, Whitehorse Westmark Hotel

by ATJ Posted in Why I Like to Work Here
I know what my job is and what I have to do.  I have the necessary and proper equipment to get the job done. I like that. Lucie Payment, Whitehorse Westmark Hotel...  Read More

Danielle Cox- Division Manager, Fairbanks Transportation

by ATJ Posted in The Alaska Experience Blog
Job Story:  Danielle Cox, Division Manager, Fairbanks Transportation It was 1994 and I was working full time while going to college.  A friend approached me and said you should work in Alaska and be a driver guide, it is so much fun and the money is good.  I thought, sounds...  Read More

Alaska Jobs: Day In The Life: Copper River Princess Lodge, Bartender

by ATJ Posted in A Day In The Life
Cooper River Princess Lodge, Bartender- Shea Abramo Following my third season at the Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge, my role as head bartender here at the Lodge as well as my second job working at the local bar have assisted me in creating a fantastic relationship with the locals and...  Read More