Welcome to Alaska Husky Spirit . . .
the school assembly that changes lives!

Meet Lorraine

Since 1984 Lorraine has lived the colorful life of a dog musher and boat captain in Homer, Alaska, where she owned and operated a dog sled tour business, a bed and breakfast and worked in many out of the ordinary occupations. “California Cheerleader Turns Dog Musher" wrote Alaska People Magazine in a profile of the Walnut Creek , CA. native. Lorraine holds a BA in Environmental Studies & emphasis in economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. As many Alaskans discover, to make a living requires multiple talents and Lorraine is a prime example of this! As a 100 ton licensed captain she has operated research vessels, tour boats and commercial fishing boats as well as private yachts in the Bahamas. For two years she ran landing crafts on the '89 Exxon Valdez oil spill clean-up then went to work for National Marine Fisheries. Other endeavors include commercial fishing, a fish buying business, producing a coupon book, giving dog sled cart rides on the beach, service industry jobs, mending fishing nets, driving taxi cab and more. She’s done shows professionally 9 years at a Princess wilderness lodge and currently has a historical tour business of this charming town of Cooper Landing as well as successful vacation rentals there. (see www.kahtnuspiritlodging.com)

In addition to mushing her own dog team, Lorraine trained dogs for the famous Iditarod Sled Dog Race and worked on the Steven Seagal film "On Deadly Ground” with her dogs. Her most prized business started from humble beginnings that grew and grew to become one of Alaska's premier tours; it involved taking guests by helicopter high in the mountains to experience running a dog team across a glacier! After 5 years, Lorraine moved on to new adventures; the summer of 2004 she spent 3 months on a research vessel in Prince William Sound amongst the whales, eagles and otters…watching thousands of salmon spawn under the watchful eyes of roaming bears making for the best summer ever!

As a motivational speaker, using her dog mushing presentations to share adventures and examples of overcoming adversities remains a favorite occupation and definitely one of the most satisfying. Never married, her "family" has included her huskies, horses, birds, cats, a large fish aquarium, numerous houseplants and two pink plastic flamingos, her "tropical connection" for those cold nights on the trail. She now resides in Cooper Landing with her longtime partner Mike but misses Homer and plans to return to her home there someday.

Lorraine & 'family' appeared on the reality show, "Buying Alaska" that portrayed purchasing a $2 million home; in truth she did not, but the message of "dreaming big" looms large!  




“To be a star, you must shine your own light, follow your own path
and don't worry about the darkness for that is when stars shine the brightest.” ~anonymous
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Contact: Lorraine Temple
PO Box 652, Cooper Landing, AK 99572
907-299-2855 Cell
866-235-4232 Fax

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