Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Into the Wild

Here in Denali, we have this brewery called the 49th State Brewery. They house the same bus that was used in the movie "Into the Wild." Last night, I had the opportunity to walk through it and meet a man who has made the crazy trek to the actual bus. He was definitely a story-teller and invited us to hike with a group in September (after the river lowers). We'll see if I can make it out to the actual bus where Chris McCandless died or not. But until then, here is the "Magic Bus" as they like to call it:

Volunteering with the Tri-Valley Fire Dept.

Every Tuesday night, the Tri-Valley Fire Department here in Healy offers training to those who are interested in volunteering for their department during the season. Last night, a few of us went to their training on how to rescue people from cars with the "jaws of life." It was such an awesome experience.

First, they geared us up in some EMT garb, took us out into a field of junk cars, and walked us through the steps that it took to use the jaws of life.  Oh, and I also got to ride back on their fire truck!!!

Here are a few pictures of the evening:

 Casey volunteered to be the "victim."

 Casey, Travis, Kyle, and I (all from Denali ATV).

The end! :)

Monday, May 14, 2012


We have begun our ATV tour guide training and I have been having a blast. Below are some pictures and at the end I'd like to share some answered prayers. I was specific and God answered in abundance. :)

Here is where I am living:
Here was a moose we spotted in a field near our house:
 This is called Sand Castle. I'm standing in a "dry" creek bed. There are quite a few creeks flowing behind me.
 A bald eagle flying over a lake when I went geo-caching with some co-workers.
 My new friend, Ana and I. :) I am so excited to work with her this summer. She and her bf are also from Portland!
 A cute little folk band played for us at a chili cook-off that we went to last night.
 Here is an overlook that we bring our tourists to with the ATVs.
Here are the new and wonderful guides/employees. :)
Here are the girls that I am blessed to be working/living with. From L to R: Me, Sarah, Casey, Ashley, Ana, and Hannah
 Shiloh, our new and adopted pet. Another couple from Portland brought their dog along with them and I am SO happy about it. We play fetch a lot and she just loved this massive stick.

Answers to prayer:
I prayed for at least one Christian to work with and guess what? There are 5!!!!! My employers, Kyle and Emily, are this cute Christian couple and I have enjoyed spending time with them. There are another set of brothers that are believers from Colorado as well! Within this prayer for Christians, I also specifically prayed for God to provide at least one female to work with because I wasn't sure if many girls would have applied/been hired for this guiding job. The other day Casey moved in and she is a believer, has done missions work, visited about 20 countries and is extremely cool! I am so excited to get to know her better. So, that's a total of 5 believers when I prayed for one and also there are a total of 7 females working here and I prayed for at least one. God is amazing.

The other cool thing is that Casey and I were able to go to church with Emily and Kyle this morning. We are excited to get to know people and get more involved in the community that way as well. It's incredible how much more comfortable I feel with this kind of support. I couldn't have imagined the summer to begin on such a strong note.

Thank YOU for your prayers and support!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

9pm and "Sunburn" Sunny

It's seriously 9pm right now and I could get a sunburn/have one. No big deal. hahaha Last night I had a few hours of sleep and woke up a bit too early with the sunshine. Hopefully I'll be able to catch up on some sleep soon...

Yesterday morning I boarded the Alaska Railroad train in Anchorage and happened to sit next to a guy from Washington with an ATV helmet and found out that I'll be working with him all summer! We chatted a bit over the 9 hour train ride and it was just comforting to know I wasn't entering into this adventure alone. He shared similar feelings of anxiety and excitement. The train ride was absolutely gorgeous and I didn't sleep because I was too afraid I'd miss something stunning like these views:
Mt. McKinley, the tallest mountain in North America on a "clear" day! Typically the weather is bad and people have difficulty seeing the mountain. I was blessed!

 The view of the train!
Two Dall Sheep resting on the side of a mountain! Not to mention, I saw a moose, but the train was moving so fast that I couldn't take a picture in time.
Our managers picked us up from the train station and we headed to our new home. I moved into my little room, met what felt like a TON of new people, and we went out and explored the town.

Today I went on a 6 hour hike with 3 new friends/co-workers and here is what I saw:
 Moose tracks! It looks small here but it may have been slightly larger than the bear paw below... We also saw a moose from a distance.
 A bear track and a few small cub tracks as well, no bear sightings though.
 Mt. Healy! It was a beautiful sight and we plan to summit it when the snow melts.
Those are some glimpses into my life so far. I'm exhausted and sunburned, but am happy to get my vitamin D fill. :) I'll be posting some prayer requests VERY soon. But for now, please pray for my transition. It's a bit more of a culture shock than I expected. :) haha More on that later.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Alaska Details!

Okay, so this post will be brief. I just wanted to give you the opportunity to pray for and support me if you'd like. :)

Tentative Dates gone:
May 4-Mid September or longer.

Mailing Address:
Denali ATV Adventures
Attn: Danielle Moser
PO Box 593
Healy, AK 99743

Denali ATV Adventures Website:

Amazon Wishlist link (I will update it as needed):

1. For God to have gone before me, with me, and after me to this new place.
2. To make some great friends.
3. To find rest in the midst of travel, adventure, and work/play. :)
4. To find a church.
5. For healthy relationships in the house I will be living in.

Thank you!!! I will miss you all dearly.
I'll keep you updated as long as the internet permits/exists. :)



M.A.---The new initials that will be after my name when ever I get business cards. :)
It feels good to have graduated from getting my masters in counseling and surreal at the same time. I haven't had a whole lot of time to process what this all means, but am hoping to make time for that when I'm on the long train to Alaska the day after tomorrow.... So, I'll write more later if something comes up, but right now I really just wanted to say: