A bosom friend afar brings a distant land near. -- Chinese Proverb
Sat, Aug 13, 2016
Seattle, Washington (EMBARK) | 4:00 pm
Seattle, Washington Seattle sits on the slip of land between Puget Sound and Lake Washington, with the Olympic and Cascade Mountains serving as a dramatic backdrop for this oh-so cosmopolitan city. Soar up the futuristic Space Needle and experience the views atop this stunning landmark created for the 1962 World's Fair.
Sun, Aug 14, 2016
Mon, Aug 15, 2016
Ketchikan, Alaska | 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Ketchikan, Alaska Its Tlingit Indian name, Kach Khanna, means spread wings of the eagle. Chances are you'll see one of these magnificent birds perched atop a Sitka tree. Thanks to its abundant rainfall, Ketchikan is surrounded by some of the world's most lush wilderness.
Tue, Aug 16, 2016
Juneau, Alaska | 7:00 am - 1:30 pm
Juneau, Alaska -Juneau has been called Alaska's peak experience, certainly due in part to its unparalleled glacier viewing from such places as Tracy Arm Fjord, the Juneau Icefields and Glacier Bay National Park. Kayak up one of the area's many protected waterways, go flightseeing, tour historic downtown or try your hand at panning for gold. The majestic Mendenhall Glacier lies nearly 12 miles outside Juneau, a trek worthwhile.
Cruise past Sawyer Glacier Prepare to experience all the beauty and majesty of the Alaskan wilderness. Get up close and personal with the gigantic Hubbard Glacier, see humpback whales off of Icy Strait Point, take the reins of a dogsled in Juneau, and ride a jet-powered catamaran in Ketchikan.
Wed, Aug 17, 2016
Skagway, Alaska | 7:00 am - 5:30 pm
Skagway, Alaska In a single year from 1896 to 1897, this remote town along the Inside Passage grew from a few tents to a city of 20,000 gold seekers. Today, travelers come in search of other riches to experience yesteryear along Skagway's charming boardwalk lined with buildings that replicate those Gold Rush days.
Thu, Aug 18, 2016
Fri, Aug 19, 2016
Victoria, British Columbia | 2:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Victoria, British Columbia Roam the spacious lawns of stunning Butchart Gardens with its exotic flora, unusual topiary and exquisite fountains. Explore historic Bastion Square, the treasures of Chinatown and the many sights and sounds to be found along the boardwalk of the Inner Harbour.
Sat, Aug 20, 2016
Seattle, Washington (DISEMBARK) | 8:00 am
ABOUT SOJOURN.LIFE FAMILY
At Sojourn.Life our mission is to connect people to new cultures on a personal level. We believe that crossing cultures opens new worlds and opportunities to both the guest and the host which is why we are so passionate about this work. Call or e-mail us today to begin building a personal relationship with Sojourn.Life and its people.
Jesse and Débora Parsons
Whether scuba diving with a sea turtle in Honduras, traversing the Moroccan desert on camel, driving a rickshaw through Shanghai, or cruising the fjords of Norway, Jesse and Débora always focus on relationships and connecting people rather than just sightseeing.
Jesse has a BA in International Studies and a BS in Civil Engineering both from the University of Washington in Seattle and an MA in Education from Biola University near Los Angeles. He has worked as a civil engineer, a high school math and science teacher and most recently as a school improvement specialist for the Oregon State Department of Education.
Débora was born and raised in France and after graduating from an American high school as an exchange student, she went on to get her Bac+5 (equivalent to a Masters Degree) in Tourism from Ecole Internationale Tunon in Montpelier, France. Prior to meeting Jesse, she worked as a flight attendant for Swiss International Airlines. She is passionate about business and has a real entrepreneurial spirit.
Jesse and Débora are the proud parents of seven amazing children, and they currently live near Salem, Oregon.
Mollie and Eli Dickison
Since meeting in China in 2001, Eli and Mollie have been drawn to foreign travel, language and culture. After Mollie graduated with a degree in Elementary Education and ESL from Eastern Washington University and Eli with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Eastern Oregon University the pair married, found jobs and resolved to settle down in Washington State. One year later, however, they were on a plane back to China where they remained for the next nine years and eventually purchased and operated a large English school -- Langston English. Mollie and Eli both speak fluent Mandarin Chinese. They currently live in the Seattle area with their four children, Ilana, Micah, Silas and Isaac.