Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off – then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can. — Herman Melville

That passage with Ishmael introducing himself has always resonated with me. Especially now.

The mouth of the Crescent River (Photograph by Steve Weileman)
The mouth of the Crescent River (Photograph by Steve Weileman)

Just when things start to feel comfortable life always seems to throw you a curve ball. In my case, after ten years with a local outdoor retailer I find myself without a steady income. Not somewhere you want to be at my age, or in this slow recovering economy. Unnerving to say the least. I told myself all the usual clichés but they did little to alleviate my nervousness.


In this case I think change is working in my favor! Looks like I’ll be trading my keyboard in for a helm. I’ve accepted what I can only describe as a dream job; to run a boat delivering supplies in Cook Inlet of Alaska. I’ll be working for Porter’s Wild Alaska based out of Homer. I’ll actually be running the ‘Millennium Falcon’ which makes an appearance in Secrets of Augustine. She’s the vessel that dropped us off on Augustine Island. I’ve already booked a few runs into Chinitna Bay where we paddle through on our way north to the cannery and I’m looking forward to seeing more of this bay. One of our clients at the head of the bay mentioned he had 44 brown bears on his property last year!

Theresa and me relaxing between clients. (Photograph by Theresa Weileman)

Strange how circles work. My daily office view will include Mt. Augustine once again and the whole of Kachemak Bay. What more could you ask for? I’ll try and keep this blog updated with my latest adventures and photos so stay tuned.

Steve Weileman

I've been lucky enough to have some of my work featured on CNN, Outside TV and, National Geographic. Join me as I continue to both learn the art of film-making and document the exciting new modern world of citizen-science. His work has been featured on CNN, National Geographic, and OutsideTV, as well as numerous local outlets.

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