Hi! My name is Shane and I live in Juneau, Alaska.
Growing up in Southeast Alaska I always wondered what it would be like to live anywhere else. A lot of people think that Juneau is a small town – but the island I grew-up on had no road access (like most of the towns here) and less than 3,000 people.
After living ‘down south’ (that’s what we call the rest of the world…) for several years I decided to come back home. What I discovered was that my time outside of Alaska helped me see things in a new way – I could see everything through the eyes of both a local and a visitor.
I’ve always known that this is a special place – but now I understand that it’s not just the non-stop rain or the bears raiding our garbage that make this place unique. For example, I understand that if you are used to getting around by car and you want to come here something as simple as getting from one town to another can be intimidating. How do you do it? Should you even bring your car at all? What if you pay to bring your car and there’s no roads? Or worse, what if you get off the ferry somewhere and are ‘stranded’ for a week?
These are all very common questions. How do I know? I have several years of experience in the travel industry here. Most recently I was working for the state ferry system helping travel agents and tour operators put together group tours using the ferries. What I discovered was that even seasoned travel experts are completely lost when trying to make arrangements in my little corner of the globe.
Independent travelers have it even worse off – no wonder many of them end-up just taking a cruise or skipping this part of Alaska altogether.
That’s why I’m building this website. I want to help people visit my backyard and have the experience of a lifetime.
In addition to my time at the ferry system I’ve also worked as a kayak guide and as a commercial fisherman for five summers. Add to that my time just going to and from on boats (I bought my first boat when I was 12) and I can say with absolute confidence that I know my way around…
So if you have a question about travel in Southeast Alaska just let me know!