Robert Murphy – Owner
Robert was raised in Skagway, Alaska. After graduating from Skagway High in 1988, he traveled east to pursue a music career at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. Unfortunately, he was forced to transfer to another school when his scholarship money ran out. So, he ended up attending Juneau’s UAS for one year, Sitka’s UAS for a year, and Fairbanks’ UAF for a year before settling back down in Skagway. He has been an active member of the Skagway Elks Club as well as that of the community by serving on the City Council and the Skagway School Board.
Robert plays the role of a “hands-on” owner within the company. While he is usually working behind the scenes, he actively works side by side with the maintenance crew developing new products and improving existing facilities. When he is not working, Robert enjoys spending time with his lovely wife Christy and their three children: Gavin, Sadie, and Tessa. He has continued to pursue his music career and has actually just recorded his first album with the Alaska Excursions’ maintenance foreman and longtime friend, Justin Colley. He has also been active in sports such as: wrestling, basketball, track, and softball. He was also a member of Skagway’s first State Championship Cross-Country team. On top of all this, he also claims to be a good fisherman. This, however, is debatable.
This All-Alaskan band can best be described as crossing virtually all generes… from Beatles melody, to Soundgarden vocals. You can hear hints of Greg Alman and Carlos Santana, but truely, this band has developed a unique sound and style that finds appeal to almost every listener regardless of influence. Chill Factor is sure to become a foundation for this colorful new cross-breed of tasty music.
Michaella was born and raised in Burlington Vermont. After graduating from Burlington High School in 1999 she travelled to the Netherlands with Youth For Understanding where she studied, travelled and volunteered for one year. Upon returning to the states she continued her education in Burlington Vermont at Champlain College.
In August of 2002 she came to Skagway on vacation to visit her sister who had been living and working in Skagway for the summer. As soon as she arrived in Skagway she was overwhelmed by the physical beauty as well as the incredible community of people that lived in this small town. Her ten day vacation turned into ten years and is proud to call Skagway home.
In 2012 she married her husband Aaron and they live together in Skagway with their 13 year old Siberian husky named Leia. In her free time she enjoys camping, fishing or hiking with Aaron and their dog Leia. Michaella also can be heard on the local air waves (KHNS) where she has volunteered as a radio dj since 2005.
She has worked in the tourism industry in Skagway for the last 10 years and recently joined the Alaska Excursions team. She is looking forward to the exciting journey ahead!
Erin started mushing and racing sled dogs as a child growing up in northern Minnesota. One summer, during college, she came to Alaska and fell in love with not only the state but with an Alaskan, Ryan Redington (a 7x Iditarod musher). After completing her degree, she moved to Alaska in May of 2004 and married Ryan in September of 2005. Erin and Ryan now have a home in Knik, Alaska, located right on the Iditarod Trail, where in the winter they operate a successful mid-distance and Iditarod racing kennel called Callin’ Trail Kennel.
Having worked as a mushing guide and manager since 2003, Erin began working with Alaska Excursions in 2008 and is now an Alaska Excursions General Manager. They enjoy being able to share their love of sled dogs and mushing with others. “Without the guests and the dogs, we wouldn’t be able to be here doing what we love to do every day,” says Erin.
When Erin is not racing, she enjoys making fur hats and mittens.
Luke loves long walks on the beach…seriously. He was born and raised in Sitka where he fell in love with all things outdoors. He moved to the lower 48 to study Gemology. Maybe it was the Texas heat or maybe it was the beautiful, brown eyed beauty that won his heart, either way Luke came to his senses and moved back to Alaska with his wife, Emily. He began working with his longtime friend, Robert Murphy, as hasn’t looked back. You can usually find Luke out on his boat or tinkering in the shop, sippin’ on cold beer. His two daughters, Lina and Ella, and his pup pal, Willis, are his pride and joy.