Travel Alaska

At first glance, when you think of a holiday destination your mind doesn't usually conjure up Alaska. Usually, I would imagine the country is thought of cold, sever and freezing. But for some this might be what makes a good holiday--even an adventure trip.

I always, still do in fact, want to visit Alaska. Like the passionate feelings going to new places, there was always a romantic feeling about visiting that austere and cold place, and in fact living in it, and encroach myself with the snow.

I have no particular desire to stay anywhere, Anchorage, the capital of the state of Alaska in the west or Fairbanks in the eastern outback. These seem to be pretty good places to envelope oneself from the rest of society. The temperature that sores down to minus, minus something has always added an extra thrill despite the fact that I am one of those people who literally ground to a halt in the cold weather.

The romantic feeling, almost passionate at times continue to persist even till this day, to see a place that is completely different from any part of the world. Although, certain areas of the west coast of the state is rather mild, it is the mountains and the hinterlands, or the outback that seem to be particularly exciting.

Here, or there, I can imagine subdued contemplation can be made at the wonders of the weather alterations. From there it has always been my intention to go to the north Pole where politics or economics have very little meanings and where society becomes peripheral and where consumerism is reduced to putting on tons and tons of cloths to keep warm.

Although I am told that these places have strong semblance of a civil society, the case being especially so in the different parts of Alaska, I always thought in that part of the world what matters is the politics of survival, keeping oneself sane among ice, snow, hallowing winds and drifts.

These are the strong elements of holding on to and preserving life in cruel natural conditions where there is an ongoing fight between man and the freezing, almost intolerable weather.

Yet the cold and the freezing conditions are part of the global eco-system that breathes life into the world and naturally preserves it between hot, medium and cold geographical zones as a way of protection.

With the unfortunate cracks in the ozone layer, and the green house effect spurned on by the wheels of industrialization, growth and so-called economic development, the weather vanes are changing, surface of the earth is rising in temperature and becoming hotter.

Scientists, environmentalists, geographers, and so on are increasingly worried about a system that may very well lead to mass destruction in the world, simply because everyone wants to move faster than they ought to.

Let's hope I go to Alaska before the huge melt down begins, or will that be long after my time!

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rafken 5 years ago from The worlds my oyster

Useful, thanks

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IdeaMorphist 5 years ago from Chicagoland

When I visited AK the factor I found most interesting is how much of it is actually rain forest! Since rain forests have to do with amt of rain instead of whole climate it was amazing to see all of the rain forest marked out on a map!

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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada

Marwan, I love this hub! I spent a year and a half in the Yukon, the Canadian neighbouring province and it was absolutely magical. I definitely recommend that you make it to Alaska in your life time. You are merely romanticizing the North -- it is different up there and you need to go to experience it. Great hub!

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marwan asmar 5 years ago from Amman, Jordan Author

Thanks princess. You are a true inspiration. Your comments are strident, movers of mountains. Cheers

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marwan asmar 5 years ago from Amman, Jordan Author

Thanks princess. You are a true inspiration. Your comments are strident, movers of mountains. Cheers

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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada

Marwan, thank you! And as the comment came up on the feed, I noticed that I did a typo. I meant to say that you are NOT romanticizing the North! Take care!

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TToombs08 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

marwan, I'm afraid the big melt down has already begun. Several villages have been moved inland because the sea is erroding the shoreline and threatening to swallow up houses (in some cases, houses were actually lost). The ice roads needed to transport supplies to the drilling rigs have been hit or miss over the last couple of years (projects have been put on hold because the ice never formed thick enough to transport our trucks over the rivers or tundra), etc. Alaska is a very diverse place, the rain forests in the southeast, the desert in the interior, the fjords of south central, the glaciers, etc. I miss home, but it has definately changed over the 30+ years I lived there. I hope you make it there soon.

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marwan asmar 5 years ago from Amman, Jordan Author

Great pity to what I presume a wounderful place. Ecological destruction is madness.

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zanaworld 5 years ago from Bangalore

I wish to visit Alaska before it literally become HOT.

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