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Things I learned about Alaska

I took a two week vacation to Alaska and worked my way from Fairbanks to the Alaskan coast for a cruise that terminated in Vancouver. Here’s some things I learned about Alaska:

  • Fairbanks is close to the Arctic Circle but it was in the 70’s and 80’s in late May and June. It got hot. Skagway is on the coast nearly 500 miles south and it got cold. I could get away with a T-shirt south of the Arctic Circle but needed a jacket and gloves 500 miles south of that.
  • In Fairbanks and at Denali National Park, the sun never set. Sure they say it set around midnight but really it just spun in the sky. It was disconcerting to go to bed at 11:30 and have the same amount of sunlight we have in Atlanta at 7 PM.
  • There is no LTE in the state of Alaska on Verizon. Wait, I take that back … they turned it on two days after I left. Figures.
  • Speaking of Internet, you truly don’t realize how addicted you are until you have no access to it.
  • Mt. McKinley is truly breathtaking to see in person. It looks unreal … as if God himself Photoshopped it into my pictures.
  • I did not realize that the Fairbanks area was an arid desert before arriving … but my sinuses sure did.
  • Saw a lot of moose but no bears or wolves.
  • The scenery was beautiful. One could move there for that alone. Everywhere you look is as untouched landscape as you’ll see anywhere in the world.
  • You can’t drink glacier water … it has ice worms.
  • No matter how well you pack, never underestimate luggage handlers abilities to destroy your cheap luggage.
  • I am of nerdy stock and not the hardy stock one would need to survive in a place where the temperature fluctuates 150°F degrees in a year.