I saw on Facebook where a person’s friend asked him to list the top 10 reasons he liked living in Alaska. Although the person with the list lived in Butte, an area between Anchorage and the Matt-Su Valley, (Anchorage it’s self is no longer considered a good qualifier of Alaska by most Alaskans, even those who call Anchorage home), he pretty well summed up my thoughts on the top ten as well.

I live in Juneau, which is Southeast Alaska, or the Panhandle as some call it We are roughly 700 air miles from Anchorage. We can’t drive there as there are no roads out of Juneau. If we want to take a car ride to Anchorage we must put the car on the Ferry and take a 5 hour and 15 minute boat ride to Haines. From Haines we can then drive into Canada, then back into Alaska and down to Anchorage which is just over 15 hours. The total mileage traveled would be 850 miles. Our area is not what most people think of when they think of Alaska. In the winter we don’t get -50 degree temperature readings. We also don’t get 24 hours of darkness or the 24 hours of daylight in the summer, but we get close. There is no Frozen Tundra here, we live in a rain forest where temperatures are mild, even in the winter.

I’ll add some to his top 10 if I feel he missed something. Here they are:


  1. I love the vastness of Alaska, how it stretches as far as from Jacksonville, Florida, to San Francisco, and within that size there is tremendous diversity, from temperate rain forests with monstrous trees, tundra, fiords, 3 million lakes, 34,000 miles of ocean shoreline, the tallest mountain in North America to the Arctic Ocean. The variety is almost unimaginable.

    I’ll add we also go from Minnesota to Florida,
    north to south. I love that we are twice the size
    of Texas with North Carolina tossed in for
    good measure. That is 1/5 the size of The U.S.

    I live in the largest temperate rain-forest on the
    planet. I love that I live in an archipelago. It is
    fun to tell people that yes, I live on an Island
    in the North Pacific Ocean.


  2. I love how people love it here. People are
    proud to be Alaskan, it's like a badge or a title,
    the feelings it evokes and the love of the Great Land. Many people feel that wherever they are is the armpit of the world, Alaskans know we live in one of the Crown Jewels.

    Yes, people do love it here. The pride that people get by saying they’re Alaskan even exceeds the pride Texans have about Texas. I know that is hard to imagine. Alaskans refer to everywhere else in the continental U.S. as “Down South” and yep, that includes you, Maine. Alaskans also take pride in the fact we are the northern-most state, the western-most state and the eastern-most state in the U.S. Take that Maine.

  3. The variety and size of the wildlife. No snake is here to bite me, poisonous spider to bite me, tick with Lyme disease, cockroach or even fleas that I've heard
    of. The animals here are large and will eat yo
     or stomp your ass. I love the variety of fish
     fresh and salt water, sea mammals, birds.

    Spot on with that. In my yard, you get eagles,
    deer, bears, porcupine, seals, sea lions and 
    the
     five species of pacific salmon, along with 
    dolly
    varden and a variety of trout. Within a mile of
    my house you get Orca’s, humpback whales,
    and wolves.


  4. I love the summers and winters, spring is fine, fall is short, but all of June and July you can walk outside at 1AM and see well enough to tie a lure, 4 wheel without lights, and go to a party and watch the sun rise at 3. In Fairbanks they play baseball games at midnight on the summer solstice.  In December and January the sun barely peeks over the horizon. In Anchorage at
    the winter solstice, the sun at it highest is so
    low that when you extend your arm and put
     fingers out, the bottom line of your finger on
     the horizon, the sun rests on the top of the
     other finger. The sun rises after 11, and sets
    around 3:30.

    Our times of daylight and darkness differ.
    Winter Solstice: Civilian Twilight (when you can
    see 
    with-out aid of artificial light) starts at  7:51
    am and ends at 3:58 pm. Summer Solstice:
    Civilian Twilight (when you can see 
    with-out aid
    of artificial light) starts at  2:30 am and ends at
    11:27 pm. 


  5. I love the natural wonders like the glaciers, how
    they shape the landscape, the earthquakes from fault lines constantly moving, some of the world's biggest tidal changes which produce a bore tide, the many volcanos, the earth is alive here. 

    I look at the Mendenhall Glacier from my living
    room. We’ve experienced 4 Earthquakes in
     years, all over 6.5. We live on the water and our
    tides range from 12 feet to 20 plus feet.


  6. Obviously the rocks! There are gold, diamonds,
    platinum, silver, lead, zinc, jade, copper, epidote
     amethyst, prehnite, jasper, uranium, garnets,
    rutilated quartz, fluorite, rhodochrosite
     thundereggs, geodes, agates, marble, limestone,
    coal, dinosaur, Pleistocene, plant, and marine
     fossils to mention a few.

    Yep!

  7. Fun goofy things. The longest dogsled races in the
    world. The longest snowmachine race in the world.
    The Arctic Man race, I'll post a pic of its details below. Fur Rondezvous, or Rondy, a 2 week festival in late winter, the cabin fever reliever, with the Running of the Reindeer, outhouse races, snowshoe softball, snow sculpture, fur and antler auctions, and dances. The Chickenstock Festival in Chicken, Moose Dropping Festival in Talkeetna, glacier cruises, and one of Americas last whistlestop trains.  

    Eagle Festivals, Bird Festivals, Nordic Festivals, and Salmon derby’s.

  8. I love most of the people here, most people are of
    a similar mindset. When I was 15 and 16 years old
    summering in Ketchikan, I lived out at Ward Cove
    Cannery but worked 7 miles away in town. I
    hitchhiked every day, both summers, to go to work
    at a frozen storage plant and was only late to
    work twice. Some days I rode in Mercedes and
    Lexus's, some days I rode in the back of a truck.
     have pulled people out of the ditch with my truck,
    and been pulled out of the ditch. I have been to
    bars where there were people in suits at the
    same table as crab fishermen just in port who
    haven't had a shower yet. I once saw a US senator
    greet an 80-year-old man at his birthday dinner at
    the table next to us like a long time friend, chat
    with the man's grandchildren, and thank him for
    his years spent in Alaska. There's a strong military
    presence here, many veterans decide Alaska is the
    place for them, and I gotta say those are my kind
    of people.

    I got stuck in a snow storm 2 years ago. Man
    stopped to help, called his workers to bring a
     truck and a chain. They came and pulled me
    out… No Charge, just a handshake and a thank
    you.


  9. I love the quality of life here. I love that my house
    has water that comes out of the tap at less than
    40°, and there is not one filter on my entire
    system. I love it I don't have to go anywhere t
     breathe fresh air or get exercise. There are thousands of moose and many bears that live within the municipality of Anchorage, It is neat to see the wildlife literally in your backyard. I love riding my four wheeler out of the garage and riding 20 miles to a glacier
    whose terminus is 6 miles across. I love that
    when I go outside my house and shoot a gun,
    neighbors come running, but instead of bitching,
    they want to see my new gun. I love  that when
    I erected my flagpole, the neighbor behind me
    came over and thanked me for putting it up
    because it flies directly under Pioneer Peak
    from her view.

    Ditto!

  10. I love Alaska for the feelings it evokes. I think
    every word we utter has a meaning in the heart
    and mind for each one of us. When you say
    horror, joy, believe, spectacular, child, kiss, any
    word, your minds eye sees images and you
    feel emotion, and Alaska has a special meaning.
    Untamed, wild, isolation, beauty, vast, death,
    tough, these are words that come to my mind,
    the beauty of a summer day on the ocean in
    Ketchikan, the frozen wastes written about
    by Jack Frost, Denali rising above the Alaska
    Range and past the clouds, prime rib at the
    Turtle Club in Fox, my grandfather who died
    when I was 2 growing up in southeast, being a
    sea tug skipper conscripted into the Navy
    during WWII, and me walking in places he walked
    from the 30s to the 70s, fishing or rockhounding alone on an isolated stream, not seeing another soul for days, this is Alaska. 

    Our everyday life is the rest of the worlds vacation of a
    lifetime.

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