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First off, I was going to title this blog "Why I want to Work in Alaska" however the more I thought about it I realized the working part is just a means to an end .... and the end is just getting to Alaska and spending 4 months there exploring, meeting new friends, drinking northern home brew, eating incredible seafood, and , yes, working. So here are my "ten" reasons for wanting to visit our northernmost state ...

1) The incredible scenary

2) The independent and resourceful people

3) Oversized fish, crabs, shrimp .... heck, just about everything is oversized in Alaska!

4) The Cold ..... yes the Cold. When it is 99 deg and 100 percent humidity in Houston it is absolute misery ... bring on Alaska!

5) Denali

6) Photo ops ... I plan on taking LOTS of pictures to remember a very special summer.

7) Wildlife (and I am NOT talking about parties at my place). Whales, Seals, Bears, Moose, Eagles, Puffin, and the list goes on and on.

8) Never lost. Heck, there aren't enough roads in Alaska to get lost :-)

9) Coolwork forums and blogging .... I plan to do a LOT of writing about my adventure as it unfolds!

10) The Alaska Ferry ... not only is it expensive, but I'll probably get deathly seasick as well! My idea of fun :-)

For my Cool worker buddies meeting me up there .... what are your most important reasons for wanting to go?

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Comment by aggie71 on January 18, 2011 at 12:51pm
@Rick .... I must admit I have been watching that series.  Also Gold Rush: Alaska :-)  I might be panning for gold on my days off!!  Be lookin for my MPL application around Jan 24th Rick.
Comment by Rick Peterson on January 18, 2011 at 11:53am
Be  honest, you also saw Sarah Palin's Alaska and thought I need to go there. Regardless of what people think of Sarah, that show was one of the best advertisements for Alaska I have ever seen.
Comment by aggie71 on December 13, 2010 at 8:13pm

@Sunni .... when I go exploring you and/or Anne will be with me and women NEVER get lost .... correct?

Comment by Sunni on December 13, 2010 at 3:18pm

#8...fear isnt getting lost ON the road, fear will be from getting lost OFF the road when u go exploring

Comment by Nancy B. on December 12, 2010 at 2:44pm

Yo!  Richard!  I'm holding a very good thought for you, hoping you land a job in Alaska--something with some fun moments, a new friend or two, and all the animals you can photograph!  I, too, am eager to ride the Alaska Ferry system.  At least into Southeastern Alaska.  Maybe beyond.  I'm way more interested in the process of getting there, seeing some amazing not-to-be-seen in any other place scenes, and taking in that uber fresh air, than in working.  ( I suspect my tenure would be over in a heartbeat, since I seem to have lost my ability to deal/cope with the unrelenting, unfathomable, intolerant yet ubiquitous "stuff" found in today's workplace.)  However! I honestly wish you the best.  I believe you can handle anything that comes your way.  Let me know if you want a ship mate.  Lets pitch our tents on the deck!  Now, that's accessing some fresh air!  Still selling chocolate?

Comment by Bill Walton on December 10, 2010 at 3:38pm

Don't have to be afraid of the dark.

No rush hour traffic


Comment by GT MAC on December 10, 2010 at 3:36pm

The ferry is a blast; and I wish you luck in finding a position in the seward or kenai areas.

Comment by aggie71 on December 10, 2010 at 1:56pm

Regarding #10 ... the main point is I want to ride the ferry (vs. drive the Alcan) .... at least on the way up to Alaska.   I threw in the bit about getting seasick 'cause I happen to be a little prone to motion sickness ... but hopefully I can just put a patch behind my ear and I'll be just fine and dandy.  But I am definitely looking forward to the Ferry and it is a solid item on my list.

Comment by Sunni on December 10, 2010 at 10:19am

If getting seasick on a ferry, is your idea of fun--u have a strange sense of humor. I love your list and agree with it except for #10.

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