Living & Working in Great Places
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It is just a few days now before I leave Alaska, perhaps for the last time. It's made me reflect on all the experiences I've enjoyed over the summer. I asked myself, "Self.....did you make the right choice?" in coming to Alaska, and specifically Denali National Park. When I think back over all that has happened this summer I am certain I did make the right decision. Alaska is a tough, hard, rugged place at it's core. Come visit it as young as you can ... as it takes extreme exercise and perseverance to get to it's neatest places. These places are breath taking and well worth the effort. The wildlife is still abundant and like nothing you will ever see again in the lower 48 states. Temperatures can be extreme ... from 40 below zero to nearly 100 deg .... dress accordingly :) The people are as tough as the landscape, but friendly and welcoming. I'll never figure out how an Alaskan can buzz down an ice covered highway at 70 mph and not think a thing about it (while I'm petrified going 30 mph). I'll never forget my trip out the (gravel) Denali Highway a few weeks ago ... when, after 65 miles of sharp gravel and pot holes, my truck got a flat and an Alaskan fixed my tire for free. His only comment was, "I've never charged a person for plugging a tire, and I never will" To this guy every stranger is his neighbor in this vast wilderness called Alaska. I have had lots of folks following my blogs and Facebook posts. Let me suggest something .... quit dreaming and start scheming your way up here! You don't need to live Alaska through me, you need to live Alaska for yourself. Bottom line....I've grown to love this place for what it is...a vast wild space, untamed and undisturbed. I hope we keep it that way forever. Happy travels! Ranger Rich