Violetta Rand: Why I Love Alaska…

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Facts about Alaska…

In 1867 United States Secretary of State William H. Seward offered Russia $7,200,000, or two cents per acre, for Alaska…

On October 18, 1867 Alaska officially became the property of the United States. Many Americans called the purchase “Seward’s Folly.”

In 1943 Japan invaded the Aleutian Islands, which started the One Thousand Mile War, the first battle fought on American soil since the Civil War.

Alaska officially became the 49th state on January 3, 1959.

The state of Rhode Island could fit into Alaska 425 times.

Alaska is the United State’s largest state and is over twice the size of Texas. Measuring from north to south the state is approximately 1,400 miles long and measuring from east to west it is 2,700 miles wide.

 

Alaska

 

Anchorage

There’s something magical about the fresh air, ice cold water (from the tap), seeing snowcapped peaks every day, eagles overhead, moose stripping bark off my front yard birch trees, the seemingly endless days/nights, a crackling fire in my fireplace on a frosty evening, Christmas, the first snow, the first warm day in summer, eating a reindeer dog in downtown Anchorage, a hockey game, flipping through all the cable channels with reality shows focused on Alaska and grinning because I live here, all the wonderfully tiny villages and towns I’ve visited (reachable only by plane), salmon and halibut, humpback whales surfacing in the water only a few yards away from me, a carriage ride downtown in the dead of winter, getting to wear boots and jeans to work every day and having it considered fashionable, four-wheeling to the edge of a glacier, hunting, fishing, hiking, men (very handsome), the cultural experiences I’ve had, and most of all—just being here.

 

Glacier Alaska

 

Water Alaska

 

Moose

 

Alaska isn’t for everyone. It’s a hard place to thrive if you’re opposed to dark cold winters.

However, if you’re one of the lucky few to call it home, you know what I mean—its paradise.

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Trivia Question:

How much did the United States pay for Alaska?

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17 Responses

  1. Barbara Monajem

    I’ve visited Alaska a couple of times — Anchorage and Sitka. Loved it!

    • So glad you had a chance to visit, Barbara. What was your favorite Alaska moment?

      • Barbara Monajem

        Hmm. Well, north of Anchorage (Palmer, I think) we saw some musk oxen. They are fabulous creatures! In Sitka, I had lunch with one of my favorite authors, John Straley, and also went on a whale-watching trip and saw a pod of orcas.

  2. I have to be honest, I hate the cold. I live in the plains and I hate it when it’s below 60’s in Autumn! I wish it could be sunny and warm every day. However, if I have to choose between living on a palmy beach or the roughness of Alaska, I’d go with the beauty and natural wilderness of Alaska. Thanks for the post and information =D

    • Hello Joanna–I grew up on Padre Island in Texas–nice and hot. I don’t think I could take the humidity again. LOL. But I miss the beach. I’m impressed you’d choose Alaska. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  3. jdawnking

    Two cents per acre. Imagine that! I’ve been from Dutch Harbor to Anchorage. Watched beluga whales scratch their backs on the hull of our ocean-going tugboat. My husband help with the Exxon Valdez cleanup and the next year hauled goods to Barrow. We know what cold really means. Would love to go back but live in the Ecuadorian Andes now. Too far away.

    • Wow, J, you’ve really had Alaskan adventures. I’m an environmental scientist and we still see the effects of the spill. I absolutely adore Barrow and did the Arctic dip two years ago–have the certificate to prove it. 🙂 Sounds like you live in another paradise. Thanks for visiting today.

  4. The moose calves are adorable!

  5. bettysunflower

    $7,200,000…what a bargain! Great buy!!

  6. As a newbie to Alaska I have to say the thing I love the most here are the people. Some of the nicest in the world

  7. Maggi Andersen

    I prefer the cold to the heat. I’ve watched movies set in Alaska over the years. It’s such a fascinating place. I’d love to visit, thanks for telling me a little about it.

  8. You’re pretty lucky to have all of that without the 5 day RV trip.

  9. Pamela Gileno

    I love the cold and the darkness in winter. It brings me joy in the way the hot days of summer never could. The quality of light in alaska is more to my liking as well, due to its northerly latitude. Soon, my family and I will be settling there permanently, and trust me, that day cannot come soon enough!!