Feb 5, 2019
“I’m from Tennessee where in the winter time, it can get to
mid-80s... and I love the heat and I will sacrifice all that just
to be here because it’s so impressively cool.”
Mikey Martin is a Safari Guide that I met on the boat ride to
the Kenai Fjords National Park.
In his two summers in Alaska, he has done that boat ride about
80 times. And as hard as it is to believe, each time provides a new
and unique experience.
And it would have to… What else would bring a Nashville boy
who loves the warmth all the way up to the icy glaciers of Alaska
two years in a row?
This conversation starts off a little slow, but it really
picks up speed 4 minutes in when you hear Mikey talk about what
draws him to the parks and to Alaska and what his favorite memories
of the park are.
And at 8 minutes into the interview, you get to actually hear
the glacier lose a massive chunk of ice, and the crowd ooohs and
It still gives me chills to hear that part of the
You can feel like you’re right on the boat, listening to the
chunks of ice hit the metal, with the wind blowing, and the ranger
talking just a little bit over the interview.
You can hear Mikeys excitement really build after the glacier
calves, and you hear how extremely knowledgeable and passionate he
is about this part of the world. Twenty minutes into the interview,
Mikey describes the ice burgs (or car size burgees) that our boat
literally hits as it backs away from the glaciers.
As he mentions in the interview, he planned on returning to
Alaska this winter and because we’re became friends during the
interview, I saw that he just a couple of weeks ago, he did in fact
head back up to Alaska to tough it in the winter.
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