At more than twice the size of Texas, the stories are equally large and unbelievable. But with less than three quarters of a million people, there is room to spread out. It is 1400 miles north to south, and 2700 miles east to west. Alaska extends further west than Hawaii! Having been here twice before does not count, plus it was over 30 years ago!
Did you know the Bering Bridge once connected us to Asia and the Russian hinterlands? Russia sold it to us for less than 2 cents per acre!
North Pole, Alaska is a town of only 2000 people, but far, far away from the actual North Pole. Do you think Santa lives there?
Rape and domestic violence run rampant here. There is one sex offender for every 293 people. The rape rate is 2.5 times the national average. Sounds like Baylor University?
Roadkill is considered the property of the state. Charity volunteers come and butcher the meat, then distribute it to needy families.
The Alaska pipeline, completed in 1977, supplies 20% of America’s oil requirement. Each person in Alaska receives about a $1000 a year from the Alaska Permanent Fund, derived from the oil taxation.
Seasonal Affective Disorder is alive and well here, long periods of both light and dark tend to cause psychological changes and depression. I think I get a version of it during our shortest winter days here.
The famous sled dogs are thought to be Alaskan malamutes or Siberian huskies. But most of today’s sled dogs are mutts, a combination of breeds. The southern breeds are not as resistant to the cold weather.
Few people realize that Japan occupied two islands off of Alaska, Attu and Kiska, where thousands died due to weather and war. More Americans were killed or wounded during the war in Alaska than defending Pearl Harbor. I heard of a story where brothers fought against each other.
While it is legal to shoot bears, waking a sleeping bear for the purpose of taking a photograph is prohibited. Who would be dumb enough to do that?
You know you’re an Alaskan (at least honorary) when… you travel to Anchorage in the winter for Fur Rendezvous. The highlight of this unique festival is watching locals race outhouses (is what it sounds like) down the streets of Anchorage.
There is a pizza place in Alaska that delivers by plane. Do you think it is hot, and will they bring extra jalapenos??
Alaska is the state that is farthest north, east and west (due to the Aleutian Islands). It is often called “The Last Frontier” by many!
At their closest points, Alaska and Russia are only two miles apart!
Because of mainland Alaska’s one time zone, northwest Alaska experiences two sunsets in one calendar day around August 8th.
Since there is no official route for the Pan American Highway, let’s just assume it starts in Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world. It goes up through both South and Central America, and on up through North America, ending in Fairbanks, Alaska. I will be able to say I have been at both the start and the end of the Pan American!!!
October is considered one of the best months to visit, with the fewest tourists. But I was here in 1989 when the earthquake hit the Bay Area! I was on the last plane to land at SFO that day.
The long summer days in Alaska regularly produce “Giant Vegetables” by August harvest, with produce such as 127lb cabbage and 3ft long beans setting records at the Alaska State Fair.
From 1787 through 1912, the US never went more than 15 years without adding a state. Then 47 years passed before Alaska joined the union and US is now in the longest period in US history without a state being added (54 years).
Alaska is the only state name that you can type on one row of a keyboard. Whoda thought? And only one time zone.
Alaska is the only state that does not collect state sales tax or levy an individual income tax (some cities have sales tax, however).
There are more than 3,000 rivers and 3 million lakes in Alaska.
Alaska has more coastline than the rest of the United States combined (more than 34,000 miles).