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“Historically, Alaska is a place that has attracted those who are fed up with the conventional” Bill O’Reilly
I tell you don’t do it. If you do, you will probably regret it. so you’re in hunting and fishing, hiking, and I love the wild crowd and you think you want to go to Alaska. Perhaps, like me, you have spent much of your life thinking, reading, and wondering what Alaska is like. As a child I dedicated myself to hunting and fishing magazines showing big bears, big salmon, and big mountains, and I read everything I could find about the last frontier.
So like I told you last time we met here, They invited me until 49the Been by some guys in the Alaska Department of NaturalMeans. By the way, for those who noticed my absence, I hope someone told their local editors that I was up there, those who follow me on Facebook or Instagram would have known where I was. Do not follow me? Your humble scribe in the open air? to shame, find Larry Case on Facebook, and Guns and Cornbread orOn Instagram, okay, I forgive you.
So after attending a bear advocacy class with Alaska DNR and several other agencies (you’ll hear more about that later) my son Jesse and I set out to find out how much of Alaska as time permitted. Here is a news for you, there is not enough time. The first thing I’ll tell youyou are not going to believe about Alaska is that it is big.
Now, pilgrims, there’s something big down here in the lower 48, and thenAlaska is big here. How big? Alaska is 663,267 square miles, twice the size of Texas (sorry, Texans), one-fifth the size of the lower 48 states. If you are there for a week or two, what you may see is a drop in the ocean. So here are some of the thingss you didn’t know about Alaska and you were afraid to ask.
Big mountains are everywhere you look. As soon as you step off the plane, you will be mesmerized, spellbound and captivated by the sight of the great peaks looming all around you. For thoseFor us in the east, I mean much bigger than Appalachia. The mountains seem dark and they all have snow, snow, in June. While I was there, I realized that this is where Bob Ross, the guy from the painting show on PBS, this is where he learned to paint montage.ains They look exactly like the ones in your paintings.
These mountains cause all sorts of problems for the first time visitor. For the first three or four days you are almost in a hypnotic state as you continually do what I came to call the “Alaskan twist.””. You stop in one place and turn slowly looking at the mountains with your mouth open. Everywhere you look, you’re looking at a postcard or maybe a photo in National Geographic. It’s hypnotic and downright dangerous; you’re just not able to keep your eyes on the road while driving. Driving in Alaska, there is another thing to tell you.
Everyone goes crazy in Alaska. This is a common theme we heard while we were there. I really don’t think it was that bad. Sure, the locals call Route 1 south of Anchorage the “highway of death” but I didn’t see that. Tourists, like me, can tell that the locals go crazy and all the locals definitely think that the tourists go crazy.. I think what causes most of the problems can be traced back to the mountains.
Tourists get on Route 1 and go down the Kenai Peninsula. are immediately in front of the aforementioned mountains. The open-mouthed spinning head thing starts, they don’t drive very fast, they’re afraid they’ll miss something like the weird Dall sheep or elk. Meanwhile behind them is a guy from Eagle River who just wants to go down to the Kenai River and fish for salmon, so now the fun begins.
In summer it never gets dark! You may have heard of this, and I’m not making it up. We were there on the summer solstice.the longest day of the year. Due to Alaska’s location on land, the number of daylight hours in the summer months is long. The sun is going to rise around half past three or four in the morning and at eleven at night it will seem that it is four in the afternoon down here in the low 48. Even when it gets dark, it’s not really dark, more like twilight.
Unaccustomed tourists like it to meused to sleeping with chickens, they are in big trouble. I don’t think I got used to it the whole time we were there.
I men! I’m drunk! What time is it? It must be 11 at night!
Alaska Local: 4:30……
The official tennis shoe of Alaska is the Xtra Tuff rubber boot. If you’re going to get off the sidewalk while you’re in Alaska, get yourself a pair of these boots. everyone uses these boots in alaskaat least in summer, fishermen, fisherwomen, masons and hunters. I think these boots originated for fishermen, but everyone seems to wear them. If you don’t want to look like a tourist and fit in with the local crowd, buy a a pair of Xtra Tuf as soon as you arrive. (I made)
So again, don’t go to Alaska. Why? Why you might end up staying. Alaska is big, beautiful, wild, and unlike anywhere else in the world. Hop on a plane, get yourself some Xtra Tuf and see for yourself.