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Drs. Greg and Jess' year-long Alaskan Adventure

As many of you know, 2016 was an exciting year for us while living for 12 months in Sitka - a small island in Southeast Alaska. Our main purpose for moving to Alaska was to practice dentistry for a year in a remote location. While there, we worked for SEARHC - Mt. Edgecombe Hospital. This hospital is open to the public but mainly serves the native population. The dentistry was all encompassing as the nearest specialists were at least 1 (if not more) plane rides away. Not only did we greatly expand on our dental knowledge and skills, but living in SE definitely made us step out of our comfort zone. Sitka may only have 16 miles of pavement, but it is home to hundreds of miles of hiking trails. We hiked every chance we could get. Besides the sometimes torturous terrain, the potential to happen upon an Alaskan brown bear was always a real threat. We never hiked without protection, and luckily never felt threatened - despite several encounters. We were able to witness brown bear from a very safe distance and were always in awe of their majestic beauty and strength. When we weren't hiking, you would have likely found us on our small 17' skiff fishing for Salmon, Halibut, Rockfish and setting crab pots for Dungeness crabs. Almost every time we were out on the water we would see humpback whales, sea lions, sea otters, bald eagles, seals, and the occasional transient orca whale. What made the adventure even sweeter was the lifelong friendships we made while we were there. People who live in Alaska have an innate sense of community and luckily they embraced us as one of their own. Although we are so happy to be back home in Rochester, we definitely left a piece of ourselves in SE Alaska and plan to return as often as possible.

Fishing Harbor

Winter King Salmon

Winter King Salmon Fishing

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagles EVERYWHERE!!

Black Volcanic Sand Beaches

Black sand volcanic beaches

The view from our dental clinic

The view from the clinic where they worked

Village travel to Hoonah, AK

Village dental travel to small villages, including Hoonah

Literally, our back yard

Literally, the view from their back yard.

Wild Blueberries

Wild Blueberry Picking!


Hiking views

Dungeness Crab

Dungeness Crabs

Halibut Fishing

Halibut Fishing

Humpback Whale skull, who was killed from a boat strike

Humpback skull of a whale who was killed accidentally by a boat and washed ashore

King Salmon Derby

King Salmon Derby

Sunsets with Mt. Edgecombe Volcano in the background

Sunset with Mt. Edgecombe in the background

King Salmon

King Salmon

Small Halibut and LingCod

Small Halibut and Lingcod

Breaching Humpback Whales

Hiking Views

Sea Otters

Sea Otters

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