"What a beautiful day!"
An older man dressed in head to toe Helly Hansen rain gear and xtra tuffs, the unofficial uniform for southeast Alaska, said with a smile as we passed on the dock. It was pouring rain, and it wasn’t meant to be ironic. I smiled. “Sure is.” There was no wind today, and a day without wind is a nice day when you're out on the water. Read More
It felt so good to be back in Alaska. Theres something recharging about where you grew up. For me, I usually find that rejuvenation in the forest or on the rocky beaches of the northwest, but even being in the frozen landscape of Nome, AK was energizing. The first thing that happened when I got off the jet, waiting for a taxi, was for someone offer me a ride into town. Nobody knows street names there - it's just not a thing. You tell them the building you are staying in. For me, it was the "Lawyer's apartments" (no lawyers live there now, but they did at one point apparently).
I found myself at potlucks, fresh king crab dinners, trivia, and many other adventures before Jodie even arrived into town. The small town life was such a warm feeling. We get so disconnected from a sense of community and connection living in the city - a million options of a million things to do can leave us paralyzed with overwhelming sense of choice. In small town Alaska, if there is an event, you find the whole town there. Read More
A while back I helped my buddy, and fellow photographer, Andrew, with some images for marketing an upcoming brewery project he has in the works. We spent the day out on the olympic peninsula playing in the waves and drinking beer. Read More
I can't believe it's been a year already since Drew and I were in Nepal. As memories often do, it feels like it was in another lifetime, but also, not so long ago. It's amazing how just one week of time can have such a large impact on your memory. I think back to this trip on a regular basis. Read More
One day we would find ourselves haggling over scarves in Thamel and the next day we would find ourselves in the belly of the UN building conducting interviews on Nepal's slow reconstruction after the earthquake one year earlier. What a complicated subject. What a complicated place.
Recently, writer Megan Hill and I took a road trip down to Long Beach, Washington. We met with Carol, David and Phill and went on a crab catching adventure for Edible Seattle. It was a great time of sitting in the sun, having some drinks, and at the end of the day, feasting on the days catch of Dungeness Crab. Read More
Before this trip, I had no idea that casting for crabs was even a thing. Thanks for the education, and the good times!
It's not always work. I grabbed a couple of my closest friends, some canoes, and a bunch of snacks and we headed to Diablo Lake for a multi day bachelor party / canoe trip. Despite the howling winds, whitecaps, and pouring rain, we had a fun-filled couple days. Ultimately, the weather would let up on the last day and we'd have a sunny end to our trip. Read More