Fishing brings meekness and inspiration from the decency of nature, charity toward tackle makers, patience toward fish, a mockery of profits and egos, a quieting of hate, a rejoicing that you do not have to decide a darned thing until next week. – Herbert Hoover
Who Am I?
Greetings! My name is Hannah Harrison, and you’ve caught me here doing what I love: writing. Though this blog contains stories of far flung places as I slowly make my way around our wide world, they say your home will always be where you find your heart. Mine will always beat for the north. I was born and raised in Alaska, and spent most of my life growing up in small sea-side fishing town. Sea water and fishing runs in my blood, as does a driving, burning need to see what’s just beyond that next bend in the trail. I have a deep passion for good beer, love meeting other happily lost souls on the road, and have an unreasonable tolerance for misery and bad weather.
I also have a deep passion for people, who they are, what their lives are like, and endeavor to explore and understand the world through the eyes of all I share it with. My education is in natural resource management (B.S.) and ethnography and fisheries studies (M.S.), which really means that I never get tired of talking about fishing with other people. What this really means is that I will always view the world through the lens of “why?” The world and the people I share it with are continuously a wonderful mystery, and I’ve learned it’s a part of myself I simply can’t turn off, and will never be without. Learning and exploration are as essential to me as air and water, and though the road of “why?” is sometimes a hard one, I find it’s usually worth the walk.
In between adventures, I occasionally have a real job, too. I work for myself in the environmental field with a focus on environmental conflict resolution and sustainable resource development, particularly in northern latitudes. You can read more about my professional life (Downstream Consulting) here. If you like you see, let’s be in touch (/end shameless self promotion). When I’m not paying the bills, writing is my favorite activity, especially if combined with adventure and exploration. Outside of this blog, I write about my experiences in Alaska and abroad for several excellent blogs and magazines. You can find links to them on the side bar of this blog.
Why Do You Blog?
I write because I enjoy it, and because I believe in communal learning through shared experiences. My writing over the last five years has focused largely on travel, my efforts and ongoing journey toward a more sustainable way of life, life in the far North, and most recently my experiences as a Peace Corps Volunteer. I try to write from a perspective of sharing my experiences and educating my readers through my
hilarious sense of humor first-hand experiences and misadventures. Sometimes it’s personal, sometimes it’s not, but I hope it’s always somewhat interesting and at least a little entertaining. My goal is to post on this blog at least once per week, usually on Sundays (my time, whatever time zone that may be).
Do You Really Fish?
I do! Though not as often as I might like. I grew up fishing with my family as a commercial setnetter, and have tried out all sorts of fishing experiences since then. Salmon are my
weapon fish of choice, and I have a tentative but blossoming relationship with fly-fishing for arctic grayling and trout (and any surrounding trees, shrubs, or occasional unfortunate fishing partners). Most recently, tilapia are my interest as a fish farmer in Zambia as a part of my Peace Corps service.
In the case of this blog, I do talk about actual fishing, but it’s really meant as a metaphor for the fishing we all do in our lives to catch the things that interest us, inspire us, and make us happy. Thanks for reading.
“Many men go fishing all their lives without knowing it is not really fish they are after.” – Henry David Thoreau