049 : Experience America | All about Alaska


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  1. Basics about your state
    • Largest state (2 and a half times the size of Texas)
    • The capital is Juno
  2. Tell me something unique about your state
    • The Alaska state bird is the mosquito (Joke)
    • But there are tons of birds in the summer
    • It is a bit expensive
  3. Tell me about the scenery
    • In the tundra
      • Above the arctic
      • No trees
      • Near the ocean
      • 55 degrees below Fahrenheit
      • Highest 85 above Fahrenheit in the summer
      • Can see the northern lights a lot (lots of colors)
    • In the rainforest
      • Lots of pine trees
      • Very large trees
      • Lots of rainfall
      • Surrounded by mountains and water
      • Lots of forests
      • You can see the northern lights but not as bright (Only visible in the winter – October -> March)
    • Lots of wildlife
      • Bears
      • Goats
      • Sheep
      • Moose
      • Polar bears (Go with an expedition group)
    • Lots of natural resources
  4. Tell me something unique about the people
    • Many indigenous people live there
    • Lots of hunting, fishing, whaling, and trapping
    • They catch birds and they eat off the land as well
    • Great culture
  5. Tell me about your favorite food
    • Lots of berries
    • People live off the land
  6. 3 Must see places
    • Fairbanks (to see the Northern Lights)
      • You can sit in a hot springs and watch the Northern Lights
    • Denali
      • Largest mountain range in Northern America (3rd largest mountain in the world)
    • Kodiak Island
      • Go there to see the largest brown bear
    • The salmon run (August – September) // (June – August)
    • Alyeska
      • A ski resort near Anchorage
      • World-class skiing
  7. Final thoughts/advice
    • “Molly of Denali” a PBS program about Alaskan culture and life
    • Just go! There is something for everyone
    • Go both times of the year
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