“Alaska is a vast wilderness”. Ok! Well, in addition to it’s natural beauty, Alaska has a thriving and abundant cosmopolitan side as well. Most of the state’s 600,000 residents are concentrated around the main trade hubs of Anchorage and Fairbanks. Alaskans are far from cut off from the world! On any given evening, we can take in a Broadway musical, have dinner at a 5 star restaurant or go to Walmart.
“Alaskans live in snow year round” Um, no! Actually, it gets quite warm. Our summers average 70 degrees with it getting much hotter in the Interior by Fairbanks. It’s been known to be 90 degrees here. And with almost 24 hour sunshine in the summer by May, that snow melts off rather quickly!
“Alaskans live in Igloos” No, we don’t. See the above statement. We have modern houses just like the rest of the US. An igloo wouldn’t be practical here. It gets too warm in the summer and the snow does melt. Besides, we like the comfort and convience of modernization. Like plumbing, electricity and the internet. None of that is practical living in an igloo!
“You can’t drive to Alaska” Oooh! One of my favorites! Yes, you can drive up the Alcan highway through Canada to get here. And, for the most part, it’s paved now. Many, many tourists come to Alaska every summer via the Alcan. Don’t confuse us with Hawaii. We all live in igloos here, not grass huts on the beach, remember?
“Alaskan mode of travel is dog-team” While that is true in some parts of the bush where driving your average sedan is not only unreasonable, but impossible, most of us get around via car, truck, snowmachine and for those in Anchorage, we have the city bus as well. We don’t just “mush” everywhere or have to wear snowshoes when we go for a stroll. Refer to the above myth as well.
“You can see penguins walking down the street” Penguins are indiginous to the Southern Hemisphere. There aren’t any penguins living in Alaska. However, it’s not unusual to find moose mosey-ing down the road…
“Alaskan women are hairy mongrels. Alaskan women tend to be pretty ‘butch’, rather manly” Oooh! Another good one! I can assure you that most of us do shower and shave our legs regularly. And we do have day spas here and access to such things and upscale perfume and makeup! While a good number of women here aren’t hothouse flowers (we can and do go play outside when it’s cold), most of us are equipped to shovel snow, break ice and chop wood. However, most of us don’t!!! We simply don’t have to. We have modern conviences like gas heat, garages and snow plows.
And now for my very favorite…
“Alaskans don’t use American money” Nah, we still use beads and shells for currency! I do realize that Alaska is kinda isolated from the rest of the country. But, we still use American currency, speak english, have the right to vote and go to school. We Alaskans aren’t some odd ball breed. We’re still normal, red blooded Americans like the rest of you!
Got an Alaskan myth you want debunked??