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Charles and Jody Allen founded The Alaska Expedition Company in 1991 and built the Driftwood Lodge. Both Jody and Charles have a deep appreciation for the Alaskan outdoors. Charles was a practicing professional wildlife biologist for 15 years before founding the outfitting company.  He is an instrument-rated commercial pilot flying in Alaska since 1990. He loves to hunt and fish and does so regularly in Alaska and around the world. Both Charles and Jody will be with you at the lodge while you are there. The company's Cessna 206 aircraft is kept at the lodge to assist in coordination and to enhance safety for your group.

Jody is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Music. Jody is equally comfortable in front of her grand piano or in the Alaskan wilderness "orchestrating" the many details involved in operating a first-class Alaskan wilderness lodge. Jody is our logistics and communications contact and will be instrumental in coordinating the many aspects of your trip.

Charles and Jody Allen also own Knives of Alaska, Inc., and Diamond Blade LLC.  Both companies manufacture high-grade outdoorsmen's knives used by professional guides, outfitters, and hunters and fishermen the world over. Designed and tested in Alaska's rugged Southeast "Lost Coast" Region, these knives are a joy to own and use. Links to both companies are located on the bottom of these website pages.