About Me

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!

17 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi Shane,

    Just want to let you know that I nominated you for a Liebster Award. I’ve been enjoying seeing your images of SE AK for several months now, and think many of my readers would too. Thanks for sharing your perspective of that amazing place!

    RPRT Photo

  2. You have amazing photos! I visited Alaska when I was very young, and I would love to visit again! I’m looking forward to seeing more of your pictures and learning more about Alaska.

  3. Thank you for visiting my blog. I visited your corner of the world almost 20 years ago, on a cruise of the inside passage, and just loved it. I am sure that the tourist areas I saw may not be indicative of the culture of the state, but I truly liked what I saw. I look forward to seeing more of Alaska on your blog.

  4. Hi Shane, .thanks for visiting my blog and the like on my Rusty Latch.Had a short look on your blog and decieded to follow you.
    Youve got some amazing pictures here and my interest in photography all over the world will most certainly make me visit your blog more often..:-)

  5. Hello Shane,
    thanks for visiting my blog – I must say, you have amazing photographs and great stories on your blog – I like!

    Wish you all the best,
    Sunelly Sims
    from photosunterwegs.wordpress

  6. Hi Shane, thanks for dropping by my blog. I’ve lived in the Northwest Territories as a kid, and have travelled in Yukon a bit as an adult, and love the north, but I’ve never made it to Alaska. Your pictures and stories have convinced me that if I go I’ll definitely check out your end of the world.

  7. Thanks for liking my post on the gardens at the Bellagio in Vegas. I have seen some really spectacular footage of Alaska as an armchair traveler. Maybe someday I’ll be able to see it in person. You never know what’s ‘Round the Bend.

  8. I have never been to Alaska but would love to. I have wanted to see the northern lights but you have described so much more parts of Alaska that would well worth seeing. We should talk! 🙂

  9. Hi! I found your website after you visited mine. We love visiting Alaska. My husband grew up in Anchorage, and his family still lives in Wasilla. We haven’t made it to Juneau yet, but maybe next trip!

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