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!