Alaska is my Home!
Aaahhh the Great Outdoors!
Well as is plainly stated as the title, I'm from Alaska. It's been my home for the better part of my life. I was born here and I've been raised here and I've known for a long time that there isn't any other place in the world I could possibly call home compared to here.
Alaska is the 49th state of America and was welcomed because of the major resources that come from here. There are literally dozens of industries up here that contribute to economic stability and even growth. Fishing, mining, oil, etc, the list goes on. Purchased from Russia in 1867 for $0.02 cents an acre, considering that Alaska is the largest state of the United States, that number equated to about 7.2 million. Back then, that's a phenomenal amount of money but the sale paid back America X-fold (X= a lot of money)
Well that's for all the history I care to put into this. I'll eventually get around to writing a hub about the Alaskan miners, the Klondike days, life on the Yukon, the gold rush (which are all pretty much the same thing) and all that but for this hub I'm going to give a little reality of what it's like up here. Here we go!
Yes it's Cold.
Alaska is cold, 9 or 10 months out of the year in fact. It's dry and the frigid temperature seeps into your bones and makes you ache. It doesn't pierce, that's only when it's windy. I'm not even going to begin describing wind burn from -70°F (for you metric folk out there, that would be about -56°C) For the most part the wind stays down but we do get the occasional blizzard. I was raised here so my blood is used to these climates. I've discovered that tropical or sunny weather, for me, tends to make me overheat and I have come close to heat stroke on many occasions. This is for 80°F or 90°F temperature. (27°C/32°C - I'm going to stop with the description of temperature now, it's cold in Alaska and I don't prefer the heat)
It's Bright in the Summer and Dark in the Winter
Alaska has been known as the "Land of the Midnight Sun." During the summer, at the peak of daylight, summer solstice, we've been known to have twenty-two hours of daylight. Almost an entire day of sunlight, now this doesn't mean the sun goes away for two hours, it just dips down below the horizon enough to dim things then it comes back up. It's murder on sleeping. During the colder times of the year we have a pretty unique situation as the exact opposite occurs, winter solstice, not a single ounce of daylight.
Alaska is one of the most beautiful places on the Earth. This is the LAST frontier, there are places that exist in the world untouched by humankind, places such as rain forests and really deep caves and the bottom of the ocean, and also Alaska. There are places in Alaska that have never been disturbed by the breath or footfall of a human, where complete silence and pure nature exists. I've traveled, I've been out of the country a few times, but mostly to other states in America and out of all the places I have been the same thing always occurs for me. It stinks. I get home to Alaska and I step out of the airport and I breathe the purest, most crisp air I have ever breathed in my life. It's from as such a simple thing as that, that I know I'll always come back.
Where There is Beauty, There is Also Danger
I've been to remote places of Alaska. This is a place where one can simply fall off the face of the Earth. There is a popular movie called Into the Wild. You might have watched the movie and wondered how terrible for him! Before the movie was even made, it's a topic that is taught in our schools. Alaska is beautiful but it's also dangerous. It's a place where people can easily die if they aren't careful. Avalanches, animal attacks, the lost and never found. These are things that can and have happened up here. These are things that people don't realize exist in the world but up here. It is still largely untamed. It's a wilderness, it's gonna be wild!
This is just a brief speck on the vast wonder that I find Alaska to be. I'll be going into detail over many different topics about Alaska. If you want to know something specific leave a request as a comment and I'll definitely respond. I love my home and I'll gladly talk for many hours about all the different kinds of things that can be done up here. It's a great place and I want to share that with people!