Every year since starting my own seafood company we have been hosting trips to Alaska with the idea of giving our clients a local’s experience. Not only do they see Alaska through a locals eyes but it’s such a small group of people that it feels like your traveling with your closest friends. We get into some wild stuff! While we also offer co-ed trips, we specialize in women’s retreats primarily because we love getting women into the wild of Alaska, away from the husbands, and children, and demands of everyday life. Getting a wild woman on a screaming reel attached to a king salmon is no better feeling. One of the trips we took a group of gals out and they compared catching a king salmon to birthing a child. They were all gathered around the gal reeling in the fish, telling her to breath. She yelled about how she couldn't feel her feet, and when the salmon rose to the surface, they all screamed “it’s crowning!” We laughed so hard!
Hiking Mount Edgecomb was also one of my favorite stories. We hiked in two 75 year old women with hip replacements, they stopped at our halfway point after we had lunch and enjoyed the streams and berry picking while we continued up the mountain. One of the ladies that continued on stayed behind me the entire way, trailing my heels. When she looked up that mountain she said, “There is no way i can make it.” I told her she doesn't have to make it to the top she just has to make it to that tree. I pointed to a tree about 100 yards ahead of us. Eventually the trees turned into these little white posts marking every 100 - 150 yards. We took that mountain one post at a time and eventually summited the giant 4,000 ft. incline of a volcano that is Mount Edgecomb of Sitka Sounds. The gal who didn’t think she could do it threw her arms in the air when she summited with tears running down her face. Doing the unthinkable is what being a wild woman is all about. Doing things that are hard, when they are hard to do it.
Nothing is impossible, and that’s what we hope to show the gals that come along with us on these really special trips. I can talk all day about all the cool things we do, but what it really comes down to is the growth I watch happen to the ladies that take a risk and come adventuring with me in Alaska. At the beginning of our last trip I lined all the gals up on the side of the boat and counted down 3, 2, 1, drop them! They all dropped their lines and within 30 seconds one of them yells, “Fish on! Fish on!” Once the fish was on (mind you this was her first fish ever), I handed her a little “Billy club” as we call them, and she was terrified to bonk it on the head so it would stop “flopping” around. By the end of the trip she was setting up her own fishing pole, filleting everyone else’s fish and when a fish was caught she was first to run for the “Billy club” whacking the crap out of everyone’s fish. Ha! What a hoot.
If you want to get off the beaten path, attempt to let go of all that is currently happening in your life, reconnect with yourself, and really see Alaska in the most unique and intimidate ways, then join us on a trip. We would LOVE to have you.
Owner and CEO of Wild Woman Fish Co. and Wild Woman Adventures.