I had the opportunity to visit the leather folks up in Alaska for the inaugural Northern Lights Leather Weekend. This event is the brainchild of International Ms. Leather 2013 Sarha Shaubach. My travel partner on this trip was none other than Ms. San Francisco Leather herself, Nerine Mechanique.
The weekend consisted of a leather meet and greet at the Raven on Friday, the Leather Ball with demos and lessons on Saturday at Mad Myrna’s, and a wrap up “Shitty Show” on Sunday, which I was told was really shitty. Sarha outdid herself with these events! All had great turnouts and awesome participation from the community. I was surprised to find that Anchorage has a very eclectic leather community with a strong heterosexual following. It was refreshing to see all of God’s kinksters together under one roof.
One of the highlights of my trip was being in a demo at the Leather Ball with Sarha’s husband, John. John is a military man and we did a very hot drill sergeant/recruit scene after which I was pinned by The Last Frontier Men’s Club. It was great! After that I was (surprisingly) saran wrapped to a column and exploited. But I’m not complaining! Not to be outdone, Nerine and Sahra did a scene of their own in which Nerine strung Sahra up like a puppet using surgical staples. It looked painful and awesome! Unfortunately I had to leave the Leather Ball to go directly to the airport but was told that a VERY fun time was had by all.
Thank you to Nerine for being such a great travel companion and to Sarha and John for opening your house to us and for feeding us bear. Not hairy man bear, but actual bear meat! It was also great to see my IML brother Mr Alaska Leather John Ehelebe and to see the Last Frontier Men’s Club (www.tlfmc.com) in action. Also excited to see a new custom arm harness by Paladin Leathers.
Aside from experiencing the leather scene in Alaska I also got to experience the Alaskan landscape as well. I have to say it’s probably the most beautiful place I’ve ever been. If you ever have an opportunity to travel there it’s a definite must. A great time might be in July for the Northern Exposure Leather Convention!
This Thursday night I leave for the Mr. Michigan Leather contest in which I will be a judge alongside my friend and the current Mr. Michigan Leather, Stephen Teets. Can’t wait!