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Mystery Alaska….

September 24, 2013

Most who visit Alaska only see about 1% of the state, but at the same time return home content that they have seen the best Alaska has to offer. It is true that they have seen towering snow capped mountains, glaciers calving, whales, seals, eagles, bears and moose but is that all Alaska is? I think for the majority people who are used to their news in sound bites and their vacations equaling nothing more than what they have captured on their thumb drive it is.

But to those that live here and love the untamed raw wilderness, Alaska is not just a picture postcard. I do not only mean the 99% of the state the visitors never see but the people of Alaska who by the very nature of living a challenging life in remote areas are quite different than can be found in the big cities of the lower forty eight.

A great many of these unique Alaskans do not live beneath the shadow of Denali or along the shores of our many bays or oceans where whales and seals play almost daily. In fact they appear to shun those areas because of the concentration of people. One has to get away from the ‘canned’ tours and travel the state solo and that is when you will find the true gold that Alaska has to offer….is its people. I have found many a tourist that happened our way tend to spend quite a while just hanging out and enjoying our company and at the same time finding that Alaska is more than just one big national park.

I do not envy the tens of thousands of people who have visited Alaska and have seen its many marvels. I do feel bad that they do not realize they have missed the best Alaska has to offer in its untamed wilderness and the people that reside in what could be called…Mystery Alaska

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 24, 2013 2:23 pm

    Amen

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  2. Del permalink
    September 24, 2013 10:32 pm

    Yea the good ole days….. Was a lot younger too….. See that global warming is kickin in too!

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  3. Terry permalink
    September 25, 2013 7:18 am

    You got that right, Pete :-)

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