The Browns permanently relocated to Washington State so that matriarch Ami could continue to receive treatment following her cancer diagnosis

By Aurelie Corinthios
March 08, 2019 10:56 AM
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After decades living in the Alaskan bush, starting a new life in Washington State has been an adjustment for the Brown family — but now, they’re going back to their roots.

In PEOPLE’s exclusive sneak peek at Sunday’s episode of Alaskan Bush People, the family heads out on a camping trip. While roasting blackbird hot dogs on an open fire ahead of their buffalo hunt, they begin reminiscing about the good old days.

“Camping with the family and being under the stars, it brings me back to when I was a little guy,” says Billy and Ami’s daughter Bird, 24. “On all of our hunts, Dad would go out and we’d be like, ‘I wonder if he’s going to get something!’ And then we’d hear a shot in the distance.”

Her brother Bear, 31, is equally nostalgic.

“Sitting by the fire, cooking up some food with Mom and Dad — I mean, it’s just like old times and something we haven’t done in a while,” he says. “We’re finally, finally starting to get back to the way we lived — the old days.”

And patriarch Billy, 66, wants to make the trip a yearly tradition.

“Man, looking around makes me feel so good,” he says. “After sitting in the city for almost a year, really thinking that we weren’t going to have that lifestyle again, it’s made the lifestyle even more important. I think all of us, we just want to get back to who we are.”

The Browns permanently relocated closer to civilization, buying a 435-acre property in the North Cascade Mountains of Washington State, so that matriarch Ami, 55, could continue to receive treatment following her lung cancer diagnosis. Though she’s now in remission, she and Billy fly back to Los Angeles every three months for her checkups.

Alaskan Bush People airs Sundays (10 p.m. ET) on Discovery Channel.