I got to Alaska on Christmas Eve 2003 driving an old, rear wheel drive car with my then 2 year old and 5 year old.  I am thankful I finally found the home I had been searching for.  Although I had separated from my husband to move up here, he later came as well.  September 12, 2011 he died from cancer.

I am a doula and own Cloud 9 Doula Services, and Henna Artist, a dog musher and tour guide for Muzzys Place Kennel, and then there is my day job…which due to security reason, I must keep offline.

I started this blog shortly before moving my family into a small, dry cabin north of Fairbanks. “Dry” means waterless.  We haul our water and have an outhouse.    So in order to document my path of becoming who I want to be, I write.  As a widowed mom of two growing kids, the gauntlet is thrown down and so we begin.

Some of my favorite pictures of my time here.

Almost catching some air.

Triple Lakes hike, Denali National Park

Handling for Eric Rogers, Yukon Quest, 2008.


A rare family portrait.

Olivia’s first salmon.  She didn’t want to touch it while it was still in “fish” form.

Teaching Jordan to double sled.

Olivia the goldpanner.

4 thoughts on “About

  1. Scott Mertie says:

    Hello. I will be in Fairbanks next month on business and I am looking into visiting your area. The Mertie Mountains were named after my great grandfather – JB Mertie and I am trying to find specifics on the location. Any into would be helpful. Thank you. Scott


    • cloud9doula says:

      Hi Scott. What an interesting man he must have been! Good luck in your search. I just got back yesterday from a 5 day canoe trip on the Yukon River! You should call their office as I am sure they would be able to provide you with more info.

      Yukon–Charley Rivers National Preserve  
      National park in Alaska
      Yukon–Charley Rivers National Preserve is a United States national preserve located in east central Alaska along the border with Canada.
      Address: 4175 Geist Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99709
      Area: 3,946 mi²
      Phone: (907) 547-2233
      Established: December 1, 1978


  2. cloud9doula says:

    Hi Ariel, You don’t have to be pregnant to get henna done. I’ll also email this to you to make sure you get it. I start individual appointments at $25 each. You can get a very nice henna for that amount. I come to you and henna you in your home (or the park, or a coffee house, where ever you’d like) so that you don’t have to drive anywhere after you get your henna so as not to disturb the paste when it is wet. I’ll email you my phone number. Just give me a call and let me know when and where.


  3. ariel says:

    hi i am looking into getting a henna tattoo with my sister and your about the only place who does it thats close, i was just wondering the cost of them and if you would give us our tattoos if we just walk in. we arent pregnant and there isnt a group of us its just us two. please contact me back thank you


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