If you live in a place like Alaska, one thing that you’re going to have to get used to is enjoying the great outdoors. Whether you like skiing, snowboarding, sledding, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, or one of the dozens of other options, there are going to be a whole lot of other people who want to do it with you.
Alaska doesn’t have a thriving theater scene, is what we’re trying to say here. If you’re a family that loves to enjoy the outdoors, you’re going to get your kids in on the fun, and that means doing something like attaching a baby carrier to the back of a four-wheeler. Make sure to strap that baby in tight, or you’ll have to stick to some pretty slow speeds.
Meet the New Student
This picture is from when a moose wandered into a lunchroom at a student union. We have to guess that this isn’t the kind of thing that happens all that often, even in Alaska. Yet it happened here, and now we’re left to wonder what the next steps were. Get all of the kids out of the room, obviously. Then what?
Call animal control or the police? Get some air horns or pepper spray? Guns? Those usually aren’t found in schools, but maybe Alaska is a little different. At least it was a little moose, compared to the fully-grown ones that you can see out in the wild sometimes. No antlers, either, so it has one fewer weapon to worry people with. Still, this is certain to make a school day exciting.
People Will Die Everywhere
This one is definitely a little dark, but it’s still so goofy it will make you laugh anyway. Obviously, since there are people there, Alaska has to deal with death. It also has to deal with death in places where normal road vehicles might not be able to reach it.
So, enterprising mortician Scott Janssen decided to get a team of sled dogs to fetch the stiffs that aren’t where normal vehicles will be able to travel. Or maybe he just sponsors an Iditarod team or something like that. One way or another, this is the kind of sight you might only be able to find in Alaska, with a small chance of it showing up in places like Canada or Russia.
Be Sure to Bring Bug Spray
There are a lot of places that have lots of bugs. Such as everywhere. There are also lots of places that have lots of mosquitoes, and Alaska ranks near the top of the list for those. There’s even a common joke that says Alaska’s state bird is the mosquito. Not true, thankfully: the actual state bird is the stately willow ptarmigan, a member of the grouse subfamily.
There are lots of other places that probably have the same joke – Minnesota is one off the top of our heads. The mosquitoes there are so big they can practically carry you away. And yes, that information does come from personal experience. But it doesn’t matter where you find them, those little buggers are a big hassle.
The State Has Some Perks, Apparently
Few birds are more fashionable than the bald eagle – the national bird of the United States. Brings a tear to our eye just looking at this picture here. We’ve never seen so many of these eagles gathered in one place – they tend to be solitary birds. We’re not sure, but there might even be some juvenile eagles or eagles of different breeds hanging out here.
They’re all trying to find a little bit of grub (maybe literally) to get through this long winter since food is a little harder to find if the lakes and rivers have frozen over. The fish might like the added protection, but these birds have to scrounge to fill their bellies. At least it gives us a chance to see pictures like this one.