This might not be the most scientific sign, but it shows you just how big Alaska is compared to the rest of the nation (in actuality, Alaska is about 2.46 times the size of Texas going by pure square miles – so in this sign, Texas is a good bit smaller than it should be).
When looking at the continental United States, it can be easy to think that Texas is the biggest one – since most maps just don’t want to give up the space to portray the sizes accurately, they just have it floating off to the side. But yes, Alaska is pretty darn big. The thing about it, however, is that most of it is just uninhabited. There are huge swaths of land that have nobody there at all since it’s impossible to eke out a living.
A Purely Australian Theme Park
If you’ve ever wondered what kind of theme parks there are in Alaska, let’s talk about Mukluk Land. It’s billed as Alaska’s Most Unique Destination, and that really means something. To enter, you must walk under the giant mukluk (pictured), and then you can take advantage of all the fun the place has to offer.
This includes skeet-ball (that’s how it’s spelled on the website, so that’s how we’re spelling it), a bouncy house, mini golf, tetherball, wack-a-mole, cotton candy, and much more. There are plenty of pieces of history to enjoy, too. This park has been active since 1985 when husband and wife team George and Beth Jacobs established it along the Alaska Highway. It’s a great place for people to stop if they’re tired of driving.
The Kuskulana Bridge
Suspended two hundred and thirty-eight feet above the bottom of a deep, sheer gorge, the Kuskulana Bridge is more than five hundred feet long and located on McCarthy Road, a third of the way from Chitina to McCarthy. Far below, the Kuskulana River rushes through the canyon, and practically endless trees cover the ground. It only took two months to build this cantilevered bridge during an incredibly cold 1910 winter.
You can park on either side of the bridge and walk out onto it in order to get some amazing views. There are nearby trails, an information station, and a couple of other attractions that are nearby for you to visit if you like the area. And from where we’re standing, it looks like a pretty darn nice area.
The Cruelest of Insults
While this might seem like something out of a “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” sketch, we suppose it has to happen somewhere around the world every once in a while. A pair of women were having it out, and one of them needed to vent her anger.
While on the surface this seems a little silly, it’s still using a weapon with an intent to harm, so obviously it should come with some repercussions. The guilty woman isn’t going to cause a whole lot of damage with a fish, but there’s always a chance something bad could happen depending on the fish. And when you think about it, eighty hours of community service really isn’t that much. It could have been a whole lot worse.
No, YOU Mush!
Getting a flat tire is never fun, but things are a little different while running a team of sled dogs. If one of the dogs is just all out of gas, what are you supposed to do? You can’t exactly wait for a tow. You have to convince the dog to get up and keep running, and that’s not always the easiest thing to do.
So what are your options? Belly rubs? Scooby snacks? Does the dog get to ride on the sled while the other dogs now not only have less dog-power to use, but more weight to carry? Doesn’t seem that fair. But you have to get the medicine to town (or whatever it might be), and it’s only going to get colder as the sun goes down.