"The Last Great Frontier" Top 5 Page for this destination Alaska by mrclay2000

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Treasures of Our 49th State

Alaska is a sportsman's and outdoorsman's paradise, with the acceptance of certain logistical difficulties. A person's self-sufficiency in this state does not begin and end with the limited highway system, but rather at the point of insertion. Bush pilots and air taxis are familiar sights in Alaskan skies, and will drop off travelers in the most out-of-the-way recesses -- for a heavy fee. From the air, the state is beautiful as no words can describe. Countless glaciers depend from towering crests, while the lowlands thrive in spruce and birch forests, or run to the horizon in a rolling tundra. From the ground, logistics suddenly multiply. Once outside the cities, the adventurer might face the crossing of countless streams or rivers; the trekking across endless terrain where the footfall gives way to varying degrees; the negotiation of dense forest and impenetrable underbrush; the surviving of wet weather and thirsty insects. Despite these obstacles, hundreds of thousands flock to this uppermost American state for good reason. The plenty here (in wildlife and scenery) is just too tempting and revitalizing to allow the myriad obstacles to overcome one's enthusiasm and wanderlust.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Fish and game, glacier and tundra, rivers and streams, mountains and ice-blue lakes
  • Cons:Mosquitoes, gnats, difficult and expensive access to places
  • In a nutshell:Everything in the lower 48 magnified a hundredfold
  • Intro Written Aug 4, 2003
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  • SteveOSF's Profile Photo
    Oct 27, 2007 at 12:36 PM

    Nice page and great overview of Alaska.

  • JessH's Profile Photo
    Jul 23, 2006 at 11:07 PM

    Hello Mike. Really enjoyed your insightful tips & lovely photos of this magnificent place! Hope to visit someday and just emmerse myself in the wilderness :-) Greetings from the barren desert / Jess

  • mcpangie's Profile Photo
    Dec 24, 2005 at 3:06 AM

    Thanks for the birthday wishes earlier this month. Really miss AK this time of year!

  • novsco61's Profile Photo
    Mar 9, 2005 at 12:04 AM

    Excellent page. Tempting.

  • JetlagCity's Profile Photo
    Feb 27, 2005 at 11:18 AM

    An excellent summary of what Alaska has to offer, & great pics of the glaciers. Really enjoyed your writeup of the B&B, too : )

  • Mind&Soul_Travels's Profile Photo
    Jan 29, 2005 at 11:00 AM

    Beautiful page of Alaska Mike! Thanks for sharings these pictures and all the tips. I hope to visit Alaska one day! My compliments for your daughter! Cheers! Stefano

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Sep 3, 2004 at 10:00 PM

    I hope to visit this fabulous state. Thank you for your beautiful pîctures.

  • Sharrie's Profile Photo
    Mar 20, 2004 at 8:45 PM

    All I can say is this is probably the biggest regret ever for the Russians!

  • JennJenn's Profile Photo
    Feb 11, 2004 at 8:46 PM

    Beautiful. What an amazing place to go.

  • dr.firas's Profile Photo
    Oct 30, 2003 at 10:40 PM

    Wow I knew Scott is living in a very beautiful place! very good pictures and tips :-) it is no surrprise when Mike is doing the page :-)

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