"Working seasonally in the most beautiful place on earth has allowed me to connect with people in similar lifestyles and to inspire people.”
That August morning at the lodge, guests Velma and Johnny Loza excitedly explained to Sammie how they had been following along with her social stories as they prepared for their long-awaited trip to Alaska. "We were so anxious to meet Sammie and couldn't wait to view the mountain," says Johnny. From Sammie’s posts, Velma and Johnny learned about the activities offered, what the weather conditions might be like, and even how to plan their packing list.
“They looked at what my guests and I were wearing and bought clothes based on that,” explained Sammie. “They made sure to pack lots of layers to be ready for both warm and cool weather.”
Hiking through the breathtaking tundra was something that Velma might not have even considered if it weren’t for Sammie’s behind-the-scenes stories. She told Sammie that her friends had suggested she let her husband hike and spend the day relaxing at the spa instead. She did no such thing, and on their last day the couple were rewarded by views of the entire Alaska Range as they hiked around the aptly named Wonder Lake with Sammie.
"Seeing Denali was breathtaking," says Johnny. "It was awe inspiring…to see rare beauty at its finest."
Sammie hugged Velma and Johnny goodbye as they boarded the bus back to civilization. “I'm touched to have been able to be a part of their adventure, and hopefully helped make it a trip they'll cherish for the rest of their lives.”