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Weekend Agenda: The Power of Being Present


September 23, 2019

I had big dreams of becoming a female angler when we moved to Alaska nearly two years ago. I saw myself casting from a riverbank with a grizzly bear upstream catching salmon and taking names. As it goes, life happened and I've climbed peaks, explored glaciers, and skied across frozen lakes...but, until last week, hadn't touched a fishing rod. When my friend Garrick Martin offered to take my wife Kaleigh and I out in his boat, we jumped at the opportunity! Finally! I would get to say I've been fishing in Alaska.

Garrick is a US Air Force Firefighter Veteran who recently started his own guiding company on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska. When I asked him why he loves fishing so much he shared, "I've been fishing all my life. I grew up on Red Lake in Minnesota, which is one of the top destinations for Walleye fishing in the state! It was hard not to pick up a rod and reel. I started guiding because I love to be outdoors. From the moving river to just taking in Alaska's beauty, there's nothing more rewarding and exciting than when I'm able to get someone on their first fish ever! I love to see the excitement in their faces when we get the fish in the net. I remember that feeling when I caught my first fish. It's always a bonus when we actually catch fish, but my passion for guiding is more of an excuse to be on the water!"


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