Hi everyone! Sorry for the lack of posting this week, but it’s been rough over here. I’m not only sick and sleep deprived, I’m super busy at work! But I had to make sure I posted today, because it’s Friday Five with Mar, Courtney, and Cynthia! This week is a free Friday, and I’ve decided to write a little more about Alaska this week. I’ve been having a lot of conversations lately with my family and friends who are finding a lot of things about Alaska super weird, and I’ve love to share some of them with you today. It’s a beautiful place to live, but there are some crazy things about it for sure!
1. This winter has been warmer and less snowier here than on the East Coast. I’m sure you noticed in all my blog posts this winter, but it hasn’t been cold or snowy here. It snows like 2 inches each month but the ground is cold enough to keep snow around for a while. Lately it’s been 40 degrees and rainy so there’s lots of exposed grass and roads. While it’s not common for Alaska to be quite so warm and snow-free, it is becoming more common recently. This happened last year too! For info on the current snowiest cities in the US (Anchorage is clearly not one of them), go here!
2. There are barely any highways here. When I began researching our honeymoon up here in 2013, I was shocked to find out that there were 5 main highways in Alaska – Parks, Glenn, Sterling, Seward, and Richardson. And many times they’re just 2 lane roads in the middle of nowhere. When you think about the fact that Alaska is 1/3 the size of the Lower 48, that is pretty crazy! Andrew and I are thinking about visiting a few new places in Alaska this summer, but some of them don’t even have roads that lead to them – like Juneau, which is the state capital! I’d either have to take the marine ferry (hell no) or a float plane (whyyyyy) and I’m not a fan of either. It’s making travel difficult!
3. We get tons of tiny earthquakes every day and just can’t feel them. Which is incredibly creepy for me to think about so I’ll stop. Since living here we’ve only felt 6 I think.
4. The following things are not found in Alaska: snakes, ticks, poison ivy, lizards. Win!
We do have a ton of eagles here though. This picture was taken a few blocks from my apartment in Anchorage!
5. People here are badass. Everyone kind of does their own thing and tries not to judge each other. We did just recently legalize pot and gay marriage. And everyone has a gun. It’s a crazy combo of values and I dig it!
Oh and bonus fact: it’s the prettiest place on earth and I can’t handle it most of the time! Seriously, how is this place even real?
Did you learn anything new about Alaska? Do you have any crazy questions about stuff you’ve heard?