by Nathan Warner
Zimmerman natives Woody and Terri Woodworth went shopping for a new cabin earlier this year, but not on the shores of any northern Minnesota lakes.
They went to Kodiak Island, Alaska, home of the world’s largest land carnivore, the Kodiak Brown Bear.
Their eight-day search was filmed in Kodiak in April for the premier show “Living Alaska” and will premier at 7:30 p.m. CDT on Sunday, Aug. 18 on HGTV.
For the Woodworths, their love affair with Alaska began in 2008 after they took a cruise to the 49th state.
“We love to fish, watch the wildlife and just take in the amazing scenery,” Terri said, “and my husband, Woody, loves to hunt.”
Still mesmerized when they returned to Zimmerman, they reached out to realtor Matt Zytkowicz, of Alaska One Realty, to check out availability and pricing for seasonal cabins or land on which to build their own cabin. About the same time, Zytkowicz was answering an advertisement placed by Orion Entertainment in Colorado, seeking a realtor to showcase properties and be filmed for a show.
Orion Entertainment selected Zytkowicz and asked him if he had any customers from the lower 48 states who would be interested in traveling up to Alaska to view properties. He thought the of the Woodworths, who when asked easily said “yes.”
Next, the Woodworths did an interview via Skype with Orion Entertainment and said they were shocked upon the news they were selected for the show.
Kodiak Island was chosen for the location. “Everything in Kodiak is absolutely beautiful.” Terri said. “It is called the ‘Emerald Island’ during the summer months and is easy accessible to fishing, hunting, hiking, and animal viewing with a small commercial fishing town atmosphere.”
The first home they looked at was surrounded by mountains and water and was only accessible by boat or float plane.
“It was so beautiful,” Terri said, noting you could hunt for crab and fish right out the front doorof the place.
The second home they viewed was only accessible by boat and was located on a hill in the woods overlooking a private cove of the Pacific Ocean.
The third house was a 30-mile drive from downtown Kodiak, surrounded by mountains, eagle nests and just a short walk from the Pacific Ocean.
For its reputation of catering to the world’s largest land carnivore, the Woodworths didn’t see any bears on their trip. It wasn’t salmon season, so bears were not easily viewable.
But we saw plenty of other animals such as seals, sea lions, black tailed deer, fox, whales and eagles,” she said.
It was approximately 40 degrees and sunny during the trip — warmer than in Minnesota at the time. The last weekend they were there, it stormed, though, turning the majestic scenery into a cold, wet, rainy, and snowy landscape.
For the Woodworths, it was time to leave and return to Zimmerman.
They hope to go back, however, to settle into their perfect seasonal home amid the wild wilderness of Kodiak Island. Tune in to HGTV Sunday to see if they found their dream home away from home.