Intterviewee: Amo Hudson
Location: Palmer Pool
Every great conversation begins in a hot tub. Well maybe not EVERY great conversation, but this one did. Today we ventured down to the Palmer Pool to enjoy a pool party. After playing water basketball with several of the kids and adults, I decided to check out the hot tub. It wasnâ€™t long before a gentleman I hadnâ€™t met before joined us. He was very sweet and asked each of us how many times we had been to Alaska. I began to ask him about his Alaskan experience, to which he happily obliged.
He introduced himself as Amo. Amo was from a small town called Metlakatla on Annette Island. He lived his entire life in Alaska as a fisherman until he and his wife, Jennifer, decided to move back to her hometown of Greenville, MI. Together they have 6 amazing children: Steve, Misty, Milne, Dillon, Aidan and Megan.
For a man of 58, who has spent all but the last 13 years in Alaska, Alaska will always be home. â€œIf you like the outdoors, you want to come to Alaska because of the wilderness country. For me, I miss the mountains. I miss the saltwater and the saltwater air. I grew up fishing so I became a fishermanâ€ Amo shared. He used to fish for King Salmon and trolled for Silver Salmon and Halibut. He has fished for his entire life and had a boat, who’s namesake is his daughter, Misty.
Now that he lives out of state and is here for a short time visiting family, I wondered what special things, such as food, Amo was looking forward to while he is here. He did not hesitate to respond. He loves the smoked kippered. It is salmon that is brined with a little brown sugar and then smoked for 24 hours. It is then â€œjarred,” canned, to eat as desired. His other favorite indulgence is stinky eggs. Like their cousin, caviar, stinky salmon eggs are a delicacy for Amo. Although he loves the stinky eggs, he doesnâ€™t make them. The stinky eggs need to be fermented for a certain amount of time, and if they are handled improperly, the results can be deadly.
After spending a short time here in Alaska, it is easy to see what inspires Amo to continue to return to his home state. The land, food and people are fantastic and beyond interesting. They are unique in the most brilliant way. We are so blessed to have been a part of it and to have met our new friend Amo.
By: Courtney Cavinder