Our Alaska tour driver/guides and office staff offer an experience only long-time residents can bring to your Alaskan adventure experience. Our stories we share are authentic Alaskan!
Meet Our Alaska Tour Guides & Staff
Operations Adventure Guides:
Rod Christiansen was born in Alaska the year Alaska was “born” a State. He has grown up, worked, and raised a family in the Matanuska Valley. Rod and his wife of 28 years, have four adult sons who enjoy adventuring, learning and competing in Alaskan activities. Rod retired from teaching High school science amd also taught Alaska Wildlife classes as well as coaching football, for which he became the winningest coach in Alaska history in 2017. An avid skiier, Rod continues to enjoy learning and sharing his experiences of Alaska with others.
Dwight Homstad is a 29 year resident of Alaska As a retired educator, he spent 3 years in the remote wind-swept Aleutians – 650 miles southwest of Anchorage and then 18 years in the Matanuska Valley. He was born and raised on a dairy farm in Minnesota and worked for the U.S. Forest Service for 8 years as a fire fighter and forestry technician. Married for 38 years and father of 3, and grandfather of 3, he enjoys outdoor activities from hiking the mountains in the summer to skijoring w/two Alaskan huskies in the winter. He brings to guiding a vast knowledge of the animals, plants and native regions of Alaska. His peaceful demeanor and light-hearted jokes will enhance any one of the Alaska adventures you choose.
Lyle Busbey a lifelong Alaskan of over fifty years and father of two, was born and raised in Palmer, AK. Through his years as an athlete and coach, he has traveled to all corners of Alaska and the U.S. Lyle just completed his 30th year teaching Physical Education in the Mat-Su School District. Besides coaching youth and high school sports, Lyle enjoys hiking in the mountains, fishing, and gardening. Lyle is excited to bring the same enthusiasm for coaching to his tours and share the great history and stories of Alaska!
Terry Boyle came to the Last Frontier in 1981 and has worked throughout Alaska from the North Slope to South East and most parts in between: 30 years as a guide, 24 years as an Iditarod volunteer for this “Last Great Race”, 19 years as a Bering Sea commercial fisherman, and more than 10 years working in Alaska construction & real estate. All these experiences give him a wealth of insight, immense knowledge of Alaska, and a wealth of stories he is willing to share.
Erica Riser is a 35-year resident of Alaska. Raised in Eagle River and Wasilla, Alaska, she enjoys sharing all that Alaska has to offer! She has traveled throughout Alaska, having been as far north as Nome and as far south as Juneau. Erica has worked within the Alaska Travel Industry for over 15 years designing tours for Alaska travelers. An expert in Alaska Travel, she specializes in Denali and Seward, two of Alaska’s most scenic areas. She brings creativity, dedication and Alaska know-how in assisting you with your Alaska Adventure!
Melissa Willis is a 33 year resident of Alaska, with first hand knowledge of the area! Having worked throughout Alaska, she will be available to help in either your planning process or your accommodation needs while staying in our chalets. Her summer days are filled with fishing, camping, hiking and fun-filled local adventures with her family.
Kelsey Schwartz is a 5 year resident of Alaska, who felt the call of Adventure and moved to Alaska on a whim to work in the Alaska Travel Industry. She now lives in Palmer, Alaska with her husband and almost one year old daughter. When she’s not in the office assisting clients & managing our marketing side, she is off fishing with the family on the Kenai or hiking & camping the mountains of the Chugach or Talkeenta Ranges. Her winters are filled with chasing the Northern Lights & taking her daughter cross-country skiing!
Our Alaska tour driver/guides not only whisk you off to spectacular local destinations for an adventure extraordinaire, but here you can fully experience your Alaska dream vacation.