Life up here: A conversation with Greatland Adventures owner Steve Busby
Q: Where is your favorite place in Alaska?
My favorite place in Alaska is Anchorage. I love this city for its great culinary and arts scene while only a quick 15-minute drive from the wilderness. Anchorage also has a world-class trail system within the city limits, and we have much less rain than the rainforest areas to the southeast and milder winter temperatures than the Interior region.
Q: What are your favorite activities when you’re not working?
In the summer I love to golf. The Anchorage Golf Course is a real hidden gem. I also love to surf the bore tide of the Turnagain Arm and bike the single-track trails of Kincaid Park and Hillside Park. And in the winter, I love to ski and snowboard at Alyeska Resort and ride the Anchorage trail system on my fat tire bike. My dog, Hank, especially loves joining me on bike rides.
Q: What are some of the most interesting things about your life right now?
The most interesting aspect of my life right now is learning to be a father to my seven-month-old son, Max. I look forward to sharing what I’ve learned with him as he grows up and providing him a foundation to live a full and interesting life.
Also compelling for me is the goal to be a constantly-better business owner, because good business involves so much more than just making a profit. I find a lot of creative joy in the process of building and running a sustainable, well-respected small business.
Andy Warhol once said “Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art.” I hope to keep living my life with a sense of purpose and to be a force for good in the world.