The wildly rugged Alaskan life certainly is not like anywhere else in the world. With that being said, we locals are pretty used to hearing a wide range of goofy questions pour in when visitors from the ‘lower 48’ and across the world come up to visit The Last Frontier. Our northern paradise might seem crazy to some, but it’s the only place we would ever choose to call home.
1. The Bush.
Otherwise known as a village in rural Alaska.
2. And when you visit the bush, get ready to spend $10 for a gallon of milk.
Just think about how much work it actually took the supplies to get there, and then you'll understand why it costs so much.
3. A float plane is actually a plane that floats.
The floats are placed underneath the belly to create buoyancy. This is a very common means of transportation for Alaskans looking to access isolated areas and remote land.
4. What is ‘lower 48er’?
Ahem, look in the mirror…
5. No, people here do not live in igloos.
Can you even imagine what that would do to the real estate market? LOL!
6. They are called ‘bear proof’ containers, and yes – they are necessary.
Because this is Alaska after all. Where the wildlife roam down every street corner.
7. Snowmachines in Alaska are not used to make snow.
Yeah, brah! Get with the program. This ain't the lower 48.
8. Why does the water look so dirty? It’s called silt.
You can blame the glaciers for that.
9. Sled dog teams are not actually a common means of transportation.
But dog mushing is the official state sport.
10. Yes, there is internet in Alaska. And cell reception.
Alaskans actually don't live underneath a rock - surprise!
11. It’s true, it will never get fully dark during many of the peak summer months.
So either invest in some good black out curtains or get used to hibernating during the winter months, just like the bears.
12. No, there are not penguins in Alaska.
Don't worry, we get that all the time.
13. Bunny boots are not for actually for bunnies.
They are for keeping your toes from turning blue!
14. Xtratuf’s are a staple in every Alaska resident’s closet.
Pair them with a nice flannel shirt and you'll fit right in!
15. And they come in very handy during ‘breakup season’ – which takes on a whole new meaning in Alaska.
No matter how you look at it, it ain't pretty.
16. Never leave the house without mosquito spray, trust us.
You can't take on that deadly swarm without proper precaution.
17. Also, never leave the house without multiple layers of clothing.
Because the weather up here definitely has a multiple personality disorder.
18. A ‘sloper’ isn’t a ski bum.
It’s someone who works on the North Slope
19. The northern lights do not come out on a timed schedule, so stop asking.
Aurora chasers, unite!
20. And neither do the wildlife.
C’mon people! WILD. LIFE.
21. If you want to drive somewhere new, get ready for the longest road trip of your life.
It's a big ol' state, better get used to it!
22. Oh, and if you were expecting a smooth ride, you better get ready to handle some gnarly potholes.
Bouncy, bouncy, bouncy!
23. Those plug-ins hanging from cars and spread throughout parking lots?
Yeah those will keep your engine from seizing up in the wintertime.
24. No, school doesn’t get closed when there are blizzardly white out conditions outside.
Because kids in Alaska were built tough to weather all the storms.
25. If you’re wondering why those trees are stunted like something out of a Dr. Seuss book, it’s called permafrost.
And 85% of our land is covered with it (underground that is).
26. No, people that choose to live in Alaska willingly are not crazy.
Or maybe we are just the best kind of crazy. 😉