Living in Alaska is such an unique experience. It is so unlike the majority of the United States (and world). I can't say for sure what it is like living in other places because I have always lived in Alaska, but from what I have seen for myself and heard from others, Alaska is a very unique place to grow up. So if you were ever curious about what it is like to grow up in The Last Frontier, Land of the Midnight Sun, Seward's Icebox, The Great Land, etc, keep reading.

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The NATURE here is amaaazing. Alaska is called The Last Frontier for a reason. It is the last place in the United States where there is untouched land for miles and miles. You could fit a whole other state (or two) in just the areas of Alaska that aren't touched by human hands. There are towering mountains, vast forests of pine trees, fields of bright purple fireweed, deep blue oceans, lush temperate rainforests, and everything in between.

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A big part of living in Alaska is the hunting. From what I've heard, most people in the United States hunt mostly just for fun. Here where I live, you hunt for survival. The meat we from the animals we shoot and the fish we catch makes up half our diets. If you don't live in one of the few cities in Alaska, you have to hunt or fish to have enough food. Where I live, you have to drive for 4 hours to get to the closest big grocery store, and it's a very expensive trip (plus the food is more expensive up here). Which results in the need to hunt. But those hunting trips teach a person a lot. They teach you patience, grit, and just how to be tough. The conditions are usually brutal and cold, and you don't get much sleep, but the reward is worth it. When you get the kill, it's one of the best feelings ever.

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Not just hunting, but everything about daily life in Alaska teaches you to be tough. Living in temperatures that get down to -50 degrees Fahrenheit, shoveling waist deep snow so you can get out of your house, even battling the swarms of huge mosquitoes in the summer is a challenge. And trust me, you don't know mosquitoes until you come to Alaska. But being surrounded by nature's elements, at their best and worst, is something not many Americans can say they do. It makes for some pretty great adventures and memories though.

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My sister has been at college living down in Minnesota for the past several years, and she told me a pretty significant difference she notices is people's attitudes. Whereas many people in the US live fast lives, look good, and fend for themselves most of the time, Alaskans are very laid back and community oriented people. Also, we are lacking in the fashion department. If it is warm, comfortable, and works with the elements, we wear it. It isn't uncommon to see people wearing suits and bunny boots. Also, Xtratufs are a staple shoe in Alaska (If you don't know what bunny boots and xtratufs are, please google them so you know what I'm talking about. I couldn't find any real good images on here to show you so you're just gonna have to look it up).

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I don't really know what else to say because it's just so hard trying to accurately describe what life in Alaska is like. It's spending most of your time outside, getting dirty, being one with nature and the animals around you, feeling insignificant next to the mountains, eating fresh blueberries, swimming in freezing cold temperatures, and so much more.

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I hope one day you get to visit Alaska and experience this great wilderness for yourself. Keep in mind though, our winter lasts from October through April so unless you want to come during the cold days where we have no sun, you only have about 3 months of summer to get a visit in.

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To the lover of widlerness, Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world
-John Muir

feel free to message me if you have any questions about Alaska or want to hear more!