BlogTrotting to Alaska… You Betcha!

Welcome, BlogTrotters, to THE BEST ONE YET! (I’m sure everyone feels that way about their beautiful state.) Thanks so much to Carabee over at BlogTrotting for featuring Superwife and my amazing Alaska today. :) If you’re a Superwife regular and haven’t heard of BlogTrotting, head over there and check it out (but read this post first)!

So… what do you think of when you hear “Alaska”? Sarah Palin? ANWR? Deadliest Catch? Free money? Polar Bears?  Well, we’ve got all of that… plus a lot more.

Alaska, the Last Frontier, became the 49th state in 1959. This beast of a state measures in at 586,412 square miles – that’s 2.5 times the state of Texas (and about 1/5 the size of the Lower 48)!

Alaska’s own Mt. McKinley is the tallest mountain in North America (and boy is she puurty).

We’re just finishing up one of our most famous exploits at the moment: The Iditarod. Mushers and their teams of 16 dogs cover 1,161 miles in this annual chilly race from Willow to Nome. Lance Mackey just secured his 4th consecutive win this year – Congrats, Lance! In 1985, musher Libby Riddles became the first woman to win the race. Know why? ‘Cuz “ALASKA GIRLS KICK ASS”!

 

Wondering if the “Midnight Sun” rumors are true? You betcha they are! The longest day of our year is June 21st, when the sun really doesn’t set. We see three to four good months of loooooong days, and most of us know what really good “blackout shades” can do for a good night’s sleep! Right now it’s 8pm as I’m writing this and it’s as bright as can be outside. I love the onset of summer!

On the flipside, however, we have eight or nine cold, dark and sometimes downright depressing months of winter (we LIVE for weekends during those months!). Sometimes those days with only 5 hours of light can seem like a never-ending evening, but that’s what hot chocolate and peppermint schnapps by a roaring fire is for! 

Adam and I are crazy about the great outdoors, and neither of us could imagine calling any other place home. Alaska offers loads of family fun year-round, in everything from fishing to snowmachining (that’s snowmobiling, to you Lower 48-ers). We camp, ride ATVs, fish, play softball on a field with beautiful mountain views, snomachine, sled, ice fish, clam dig, hunt birds, caribou and moose… and we’re always looking for even more fun!

I couldn’t possibly finish a post about my fabulous state without mentioning my Alaska/fishing themed wedding… :) Adam and I were married July 12, 2008 on a gorgeous lake in Wasilla, AK. We incorporated our passion for fishing and the outdoors into every detail, and had an absolute blast with our family and friends well into the night (where we had light until nearly 11pm!).

Thanks for stopping by my corner of the world, and I hope you’ll stay and read more of my silly yet sassy accounts of married life in Alaska. I try to share my ridiculous (yet frequent) conversations with my husband as often as possible, and hopefully you’ll be amused enough to stick around! Have fun on your next journey, BlogTrotters… and maybe you’ll head “North to Alaska” sometime soon! Oh, and by the way… we can’t see Russia from our house.