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Staff Spotlight: McKenzie

Meet McKenzie! McKenzie is a fire spinning fermenting wizard that can ski. Or so she tells us. While most of our guides come from all over the lower 48 states looking for adventure, McKenzie is the rare breed that is actually from Alaska! Growing up in Anchorage she was privileged to have spent many years in this great state and decided to move to Seward for the summer and guide with Sunny Cove. McKenzie is a first year guide with tons of Alaskan knowledge and if you are into plants and flowers, she's the guide for you! We were excited to bring McKenzie on board and please continue reading below to learn more about this wonderful new addition to Sunny Cove!

Just off the train!

Just off the train!

Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska!

Favorite Food: It's a tie between salmon and coconut ice cream. (But not combined)

Favorite TV Show: Game of Thrones

Favorite Book: Either the Anarchist's Cookbook or Plants of the Pacific Northwest

Favorite Sport: Besides sea kayaking?! Backcountry skiing!!!

Favorite Animal: Caribou

Certifications/Degrees: Bachelor of Arts Degree in Ethnobotany, Wilderness First Responder, CPR, AIARE 1 (Avalanche Training)

Number one item of bucket list: I want to take an underwater photography/diving course.

Best Life Experience: I had a stint at a tiki bar on the Caribbean coast of Colombia. Every night I got to watch the sunset over the bay and during the day I got to go swimming, kayaking, fishing, and ate copious amounts of mangoes and rum. It was really amazing there and I am planning a return trip. 

Best Alaskan Experience: As a child my mom used to take me out in the winter so that we could look for northern lights. I would get all bundled up and curl up in my sleeping bag amidst the snow watching the sky for that magical flickering. I always fell asleep before I saw the lights but getting to stay up late watching the sky with my mom is one of my favorite memories. 

Why I love to guide: I love to show people my home and the amazing wilderness that still exists in the world. Plus I enjoy the dynamic challenge that each day can bring!

Random fact: I love teaching people about edible foods, foraging, and fermentation. 

Personal Statement: Instead of a personal statement, let me tell you my perfect date. Let's go on an adventure, whether that be sea kayaking, skiing, or whatever else we can come up with that is active and that doesn't cost a lot of money. After that let's make food and celebrate being alive. Badda Bing Badda Boom. Party on Wayne. 

~ Danny