Friday, October 18, 2013

Visiting Alaska is not Folly


The Last Frontier
in the United States of America.


It’s true.
Nowhere else can you find the raw beauty of mountains and streams, glaciers and oceans, forests and wide open spaces like this place I’ve called ‘home’ for the last 44 years.

Also known as The Land of the Midnight Sun, it is mind-boggling to take it all in, especially in one visit, or one lifetime.


Even if you were born and raised in Alaska, as my children and grandchildren, the 570,665 sq. miles of mostly rugged wilderness is over-whelming.


But, don’t let that stop you.



Anchorage Museum

Musk Ox taxidermy 


It's not all wilderness. Contrary to popular belief, Alaska has museums and art galleries, hotels and shopping, theater and fast food chains. Maybe not on the grand scale of the Lower 48, but it's all here.


 
 

 

 






Anchorage Museum

Touring Mammoth Exhibit 










Anchorage Museum

Sewn seal gut strips - Raincoat

 

Alaska Botanical Gardens

 

We also boast about our wildlife, Fur Rondezvous, dog sled races, Denali National Park, record fishing, small and big game hunting, skiing and the Aurora Borealis (northern lights) that are like no place on earth.

There are people from all walks of life.
(I am partial to the many wonderful writers that live in Alaska, of course. Check the AKWRA web site & past blogs for info & books available, written by Alaskan authors:

http://www.akrwa.blogspot.com/2012/06/wonderful-akrwa-authors.html


When Vitus Bering,
a Dane working for the Russians, & Alexei Chirikov discovered the Alaskan mainland & Aleutian Islands in 1741, the huge land mass of Alaska—equal to 1/5 of the continental U.S.—was unexplored.

When
Secretary of State William Seward arranged for its purchase from the Russians for $7,200,000 in 1867, they dubbed Alaska “Seward’s Folly”, despite only paying about 2 cents per acre.

Folly? I think not.
 


Potter's Marsh - south of Anchorage

Aside from Alaska’s oil reserves, fisheries & wood industries Alaskans have preserved wetlands, such as Potter's Marsh south of Anchorage, and over 100 State Parks (3.5 million acres) for future generations to enjoy.



Portage Glacier Area

 


Places like Mendenhall Glacier in the North Tongass National Forest and Portage Glacier, south of Anchorage, are a tourist’s dream come true.



And with a population of only around 710,000, Alaska has lots of room to host visitors.

So, start planning your trip to Alaska, and check out our authors & books – we'd love to share our unique perspectives!
 

http://www.akrwa.blogspot.com/2012/06/wonderful-akrwa-authors.html


There is so much more to be said about Alaska, and our AKRWA authors can't wait to tell you!

Next turn, I’d like to tell you about a little place called Eagle River, just outside of Anchorage, where I live.
   
                    Interested?

          Keep checking us out!


    http://www.alaskawriters.com/membersites/akrwa/index.html  



--- Jae Awkins



 

5 comments:

Tam Linsey said...

Great photos and well put! BTW - did that guy end up eaten by that saber tooth tiger in your pictures? ;)

Tiffinie Helmer said...

This was wonderful!

Lynn Lovegreen said...

Great trip through our history and beauties! Thanks for the tour, Jae!

LizbethSelvig said...

Makes me homesick, for sure. This is the kind of pitch I give pretty much anyone who'll stand still for five minutes! Thanks, Jae.

Angelina Barbin said...

Wonderful blog about Alaska and AKRWA. The pictures were great. Awesome Job, Julie!