Alaska is filled full of amazing experiences. It was wonderful to see these bears fishing, wrestling, teaching their cubs how to survive, and just existing in a way that was completely natural for them. It was challenging to film along the river beds because we were using the same paths bears were to get to the river. We had to keep checking behind us to make sure we were not being joined by a much bigger, fuzzier, companion. Enjoy!
We stood on the ice dunes of the glaciers of Alaska in the midst of a snowy winter. Trekking the slopes of another planet had been on our list for a long time. The silence and majesty of the mountains surrounding us, the bluest ice we had ever seen and the steady rush of ice turned to water. How did we get here? We met Rick by chance on a rainy road in Seward, Alaska. He had a worn work jacket, a great white beard and the friendliest demeanor two travelers could ask for. He turned out to be the skeleton key to the locked treasure that was our way into Exit Glacier. We had the entire ice field to ourselves. And a sole chance to tell its story. So we took it.
Katie and I got to spend one gorgeous September day with Rainbow River Lodge and their veteran guide Benjamin Todd. It was by far one of the best trout fishing days I've ever had. Rainbow River Lodge is a premiere fly out lodge located on Pike Lake adjacent to the Copper River in Alaska's Bristol Bay. Learn more about Rainbow River Lodge - Click Here.
We had the opportunity to visit the folks at Iliamna River Lodge this past September. Despite inclement weather, we found fantastic fishing on their homewater - the Iliamna River. This fishery is well known for their trophy Arctic Char, and in 3 days of fishing, we found plenty of them. They also have a healthy population of resident Rainbow Trout and lake-run trout from Lake Iliamna. Iliamna River Lodge operates a fly out lodge operation from June to October.
Located on the world renowned Kvichak River in the Bristol Bay region, the Alaska Sportsman's Lodge is one of our premiere AK fishing destinations. Watch their newest video and find out what makes ASL so special.
This short video was inspired by one of my favorite lines from Dr. Seuss's famous book "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" It reads as follows:
Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for wind to fly a kite. Or waiting around for Friday night or waiting perhaps for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil or a better break or a string of pearls or a pair of pants or a wig with curls or another chance. Everyone is just waiting. NO! That's not for you!
What are you waiting for? It's time to seize the day and chase those lifelong dreams. Alaska awaits!
This past June, we had planned to do a packraft adventure film in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge with a couple friends from Whitefish, Montana. We were not sure what to expect, but like always, we wanted to make a film that was true to our experience.
Looking back, the Arctic sort of wrote the story all on its own. The exotic nature of 24-hour sun, no trees, swaths of ice, and a seemingly endless and ageless mountain landscape captured us for a full 2 weeks. It really seemed like we were on a different planet – eating when we were hungry, sleeping when we were tired, and playing at all hours of the day without any regard for the time. Most importantly, we were far, far away from the chaos of humanity that had been exacerbated by a crazy election year. It felt good to be on a different planet where talks of Hillary and Trump weren’t rattling our brains. Celebrities and cell phones had no grip on our reality. This planet was a sanctuary from all that. Our minds could go quiet, and our eyes were suddenly open to the most astonishing wild beauty that we have left. The dull sadness about life faded, and everything was bright again.
You don’t have to go to the Arctic to find refuge. Thankfully, we have wild and beautiful places in our backyard – and they belong to us as Americans through our public lands. Enjoy the film – comment, share, and remember that life is still beautiful.
From the Filmmaker: Here is relaxing 360 V.R. timelapse video of the Milky Way moving through the night sky and a weak Aurora over Knob Lakes near Glacierview, Alaska on April 1, 2016. Enjoy and share!