Third and final entry on Alaska -- a look at the people.
13.06.2009 70 °F
The people….are proud of their state and protective of their environment. They inspired us to be more aware of ours. Alaska has its own culture of sorts. The people are generous and friendly. They live in small communities and have learned to rely on each other in a way that many of us have gotten away from due to having resources at our fingertips. They also love to talk about the uniqueness of their state. From talking to Alaskans, I now know more fun facts about Alaska than any other state, including my own. I know the five type of salmon that spawn there every year (by their real name and their nickname), the state bird, flag, The Big Five found there, Iditarod history, and what to do if I encounter a Grizzly bear as it differs from if I encounter a black bear in the Alaskan wilderness. The people’s enthusiasm for their state definitely leaves visitors wanting for more.
The dollar bill on the pizzeria pub wall said it best: “TRIP” (Traveling Right Into Poverty). Ah… exactly what Mike and I had in mind! Apart from the locals, the traveler’s there also seemed to harbor their own culture. Everyone talked to everyone curious about what brought them to the last frontier, Alaska. During our time there, we ended up exchanging emails and addresses with at least 3 different people, offered a place to stay by 3 people, and offered a ride by another. We danced the night away with yet another couple we met eating pizza and exchanged stories of travels past. Mike and I felt right at home in a room full of people that had the same passion for traveling that we do. It was magnificent to experience so many people at once who made traveling a way of life in which they are able to learn, grow, and gain an understanding of others and the world around them. They were excited about their life and happy to be where they were…..it was really good feeling to share a room with them.