Three brothers, ten days, one huge state to explore.
My younger brother Zane, and I arrived in Alaska Sunday after a long day of travel. The first couple days we stayed in a remote cabin in the Salcha, AK area, now moved on to a lodge in Talkeetna. My older brother Dillon arrived at 12:45 AM on Monday morning, so we are all now accounted for and have since hit the road down to Talkeetna on our way to Kenai. Off we go!
Quick Facts About Alaska:
Juneau has no road access to the rest of the state. It is the only capital city in the United States accessible only by boat or plane. It is also the largest, covering 3,108 square miles.
There are more than 3,000 rivers and 3,000,000 lakes in Alaska. The largest is Lake Iliamna which is 1,000 square miles.
There are 20 highest mountain peaks in the United States. 17 of them are in Alaska. Denali,”The Great One”, is the highest at 20,320 feet above sea level.
In Alaska, there is approximately 1 bear to every 21 people.
The lowest temperature recorded in Alaska was -80 degrees Fahrenheit at Prospect Creek Camp in 1971.
Alaska has more coastline than the rest of the United States combined, roughly 34,000 miles.
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State Nick Name: “The Last Frontier” – the name Alaska is derived from the Aleut word “Aleyska,” meaning “great land.”
State Motto: “North to the Future”
State Capital: Juneau, located in the Southeast region of Alaska, has a population of 33,277 (2015 Estimate of Population, Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development)
You could fit Texas into Alaska 2 times! One-fifth the size of the Lower 48, Alaska is bigger than Texas, California, and Montana combined!
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I will share my entire Alaska adventure in a few posts as I return to the lower-48 later in the month. Breaking it up by day, we are covering lots of ground and the stories are definitely numerous! I will share the locations and specifics in case you want to see/do the things my brothers and I did as we were there. Let me know of any places that are a must for you, I would like to try to get it into our schedule.
As always, I hope you enjoyed the read and interesting facts about Alaska. Which was your favorite? More to come on the Alaskan Adventures in the coming weeks. There will be tons of photos, memories and details that I will need to compile. Have a great rest of your week!