Friday, November 21, 2014

Be Thankful, Always

So with Thanksgiving coming up and seeing all the posts about what people are thankful for, it really got me thinking about the past couple years that I've been in Alaska.

This happened yesterday, and it just happened again today. I was bored and ended up looking through my summer photos of all the cool stuff I've seen since moving to AK. It reminds me how truly blessed I am to live in the most beautiful place on the planet and be surrounded by such awesome friends. 

I miss being on the water every day. I've always loved boats and the ocean, but being here and having the opportunity to work on a boat every day in the summer has taken that love to a whole new level. Words can't even begin to describe the excitement I feel every time I see a pod of orcas, or a humpback whale breaching, or a huge chunk of ancient ice calving off a glacier, or even the view of snow covered mountains as far as the eye can see. I know some people get 'burnt out' in the whale watching business, but I don't understand how that could be possible. Every job, business, and industry has its ups and downs, but to me, the little bit of bad doesn't even come close to how awesome the good is. Being in the presence of such beautiful, mysterious creatures is a blessing I'm grateful for every day. 

I also miss the SNOW. Why hasn't it freakin snowed yet?! Gonna have to take my snow dancing to a whole new level. I don't think I've ever been so excited to get on my snowboard as I am right now. This weekend is our returning instructor training, and I'm stoked to see everyone and get the good winter vibes flowing even more. I am glad I work for such an amazing ski area. Eaglecrest is truly a community ski area where you don't just have co-workers, you have a family of friends who care about each other and have a passion for what they do. Winters here are amazing to me, even with all the rain that comes with it!

I've said this a million times already, and I'll say it a million more. I LOVE Alaska. I truly feel like I am meant to be here. If someone would've asked me 5 years ago if I'd be where I am now and seen the crazy shit I've seen, I'd have told them they had lost their marbles. I thought I would never in my life get to hang out with orcas and whales on a daily basis, see massive glaciers calve, shred crazy mountains via helicopter, gaze at the northern lights more times than I can count, this list goes on... 

No matter where you are, make the most of it and be thankful for it. There is always a worse situation you could be in. Even if you think you have hit rock bottom, it could ALWAYS be worse. Some people think my life is just rainbows and sunshine, but believe me, I've seen my fair share of heartache, grief, and struggle. All the bad and the good has made me who I am today, and I wouldn't change a single thing. I truly believe in the law of attraction. If you stay positive and put out good vibes and energy, the universe will send it back to you. 

For example, just as I was typing those last few sentences, I started thinking about my dad and my papaw, and how I've lost the two most important men in my life in the past three years, but then I thought about what amazing lives they led. In that same moment, the sun came out just enough to create a beautiful bright rainbow in the channel, right outside my window. It instantly made me smile.  So I suppose sometimes life IS rainbows and sunshine if you put your mind to it. Even in those times of struggle, as hard as it may be to keep a smile on your face and stay positive, do it. Even if it's a fake smile, it will eventually turn back into a genuine one :) 

Don't forget... 
Be thankful, always. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Winter is Coming!

This is gonna be short and sweet. I wish I had more time to update this blog, and honestly I probably do if I put more effort into it, but I'm working on that :) I've started the Insanity workout routine and I'm in my second week. It's a lot different than P90X and I love it. It keeps me engaged and busts my ass, which is what I need to get in shape for winter. I've also still been working on the boats, which I love! It's mine runs, which means we shuttle miners to and from the Kensington Gold Mine in Berner's Bay when their own boat breaks down. I've seen some incredible sunrises and sunsets doing these, and even saw the northern lights from the boat on one early morning run! It was absolutely incredible! I love Alaska so much, and even though I miss my family a mega ton, I can't ever justify leaving here permanently. This is where I am meant to be :) 

Oh, and there's SNOW on the peaks now! Woohoo! Winter is coming and I'm SO FREAKING STOKED to get on my snowboard again! This winter is going to be ahhhhmazing! 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Dall's Porpoise!

Dall's Porpoise Humpday Takeover from Jessica Davis on Vimeo.

So this was made on my iphone using my new favorite video editing app, Perfect Video Pro. These Dall's porpoise were EVERYWHERE yesterday during our tour. They put on more of a show than the humpbacks did. It was pretty rad :) They look like mini killer whales, but unfortunately they are one of the most hunted cetacean in the world. Over 15,000 are killed every year during the Japanese whale hunts. To learn more about these amazing creatures, check out www.dallsporpoise.org

Friday, September 5, 2014

Until Next Summer, Tracy

So today was our last Tracy Arm trip of the season for our crew. It was a great one! We got dipped into Ice Falls and it was sooo much fun! Surprisingly not as cold as I'd imagined, so we kept going back for more :) Here's the gopro footy... 


We also saw some cool stuff the past few days, so here's some of my favorite recent photos...

^Ice fishing catch of the day. Fishin' for bergs! 


^This cutie has a mustache! And fat rolls for miles! haha 


^Brown bear on the shore in Tracy Arm


^The nook! What a gorgeous spot among an already gorgeous fjord!


^Yeah, I took a selfie at Sawyer Glacier.


^Orca spy hopping in Lynn Canal on a beautiful sunny day. 


^Flame! One of my favorite humpbacks.


^Humpback whale jumping for joy.


^They let me drive these things... haha. Might as well make it comfortable! 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Long Overdue Rambling...


Holy cow. Almost the entire summer has passed without a post! I need to be smacked. I'm a horrible blogger, I know. Sorry friends and family who use this to keep track of me! This has been a summer of mega change. Lots of things have happened, all for the better. Since the end of May, I've been a single lady. Sometimes, as much as you want things to work, they just don't. And you have to accept that and do what makes you happy. I've grown and realized more of what I want, and what I don't want, but seriously... do we EVER really figure that out? I want to work on ME before I even think about being in a relationship with someone else. Happiness starts inside, and although I'm pretty darn happy most the time, there's always room for improvement. Work has pretty much owned my soul all summer, which is perfectly fine when you love your office and the people you work with are awesome :)


Speaking of work and being out on the water, a lot of cool shit has happened! Our captain took a couple of us out fishing, and I caught my first halibut... or three. We also had the most incredible whale encounter ever. I will never, ever forget the feeling of my heart nearly beating out of my chest from excitement of over a dozen bubblenetting humpback whales diving all around us. I also got splashed (more like soaked) by an orca... attempting to make a sea lion (RIP Frank) his dinner. That was nuts. I always wanted to see an orca kill, but after that experience and gazing eye to eye with a sea lion literally begging you to save it's life, I don't know if I want to see that again. Yeah yeah, it's nature and the circle of life, but seeing the last moments of a being's existence and doing nothing to help it is a bit disturbing.


I also got my first tattoo! I'm super happy with it and now I want more :) Yes, it really is addicting! This one has a lot of meaning to me though. It's an anchor with a snowflake and a heart. It combines my two loves... snow and being on the water. I've always loved snow. It's crazy how no two snowflakes can be the exact same. Out of ALL the snowflakes that have fallen in the world, no two are alike. Isn't that something to ponder? Nature is amazing. I've also always loved being on the water, and in it. I've been lucky to have grown up boating around the lakes back home, and having many, many trips to the beach to swim in the ocean. Especially since moving to Alaska, I've grown to love the water even more. It's a unique feeling to be out there with the whales, eagles, seals, sea lions, orca... and know it's all connected. We are all connected to one another, as people and with all the beings of the earth. Without the ocean and the water, there would be no snowflakes.

Here's my tat:
As much as I love summer, whales, being on the water, warm weather, etc... I cannot wait till winter! I've been dreaming of snowboarding all summer, and now the itch is hitting me hard. This season is going to be the best one yet, I can just feel it :)

I'm sure I can sit here and ramble on about more exciting things that's happened this summer, but right now I want nothing more than my head to hit my pillow. 

Sweet dreams friends.