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Jim and Maria recently purchased Deshka Landing Charters & Lodge and are excited to be in Alaska. Both Jim and Maria have a passion for traveling. They enjoy the outdoors and scuba diving. Jim is an avid fisherman and hunter. Maria loves motorcycling and quilting.

Jim first came to Alaska back in 1981. He boarded a plane the day after he graduated from high school and spent the summer working construction and plumbing with his uncle in Fairbanks. He has returned many times since. Maria grew up hearing about Alaska because her dad played baseball for the Anchorage Glacier Pilots (1969-71) when her parents were first married. She finally made it up in 2004 and spent the summer in Bristol Bay. She caught her first Silvers in Lily Creek and learned to fly fish on the beautiful rivers in that area.