In Alaska, we’d rather be weird than be normal. We stand out and we don’t really care if we fit in. You see, we are all about dancing to the beat of our own drum and being individuals up here in the last frontier. The status-quo is just so ‘lower 48’ and we are okay with it staying down there. And without further ado, check out these 20 extremely weird things that only people from Alaska do.
1. Get married in their Xtratuf’s.
Only in Alaska is this considered a matrimonial tradition. Hey, we happen to think it looks pretty darn good!
2. Swim in the freezing cold ocean.
Alaskans might be a little weird, but they are DEFINITELY super brave and always willing to step up to the plate. Brrr!
3. Go dip netting.
If you live here, it might not seem weird. But most people don't even know what 'dip netting' means. That just means more fish for us!
4. Always put their trash in bear proof containers.
Never, we repeat - NEVER put any trash outside unless it's in a bear proof container. Because, HELLO... we live in Alaska.
5. Take vacation time when the reds are running.
Great minds think alike on the Kenai Peninsula at the Russian River.
6. And fish with the bears.
Or maybe we should say, for the bears. Since we are pretty sure that big boy stole the fish from the bank that the fisherman caught.
7. Plug in their vehicles.
Hey... when in Alaska with temps below freezing, we gotta do what we gotta do!
8. Work the most deadly job in the world.
Weird or maybe just crazy? We'll just call it brave and leave it at that.
9. Wear shorts and t-shirts when the temperature hits 30 degrees.
Happens every winter. After suffering below freezing temps, 30 degrees makes us feel like we're living in a heat wave.
10. Run with reindeer.
In the beautiful name of tradition, Alaskans will go where no man has gone before.
11. Or, just taking their PET reindeer for a casual walk around town.
Only in downtown Anchorage will you see an icon named Star the reindeer walking around town visiting with the locals.
12. Work half the year and get paid a full salary.
The North Slope life is a weird thought for many but it is a very common way of life in Alaska.
13. Call in late to work because a moose was blocking them in their house.
Weird, funny and wildly true. Alaska never has a shortage of stories to write home about.
14. Drop their crab pots before heading to the office.
Weird, maybe. Brilliant, definitely! Can you imagine getting off work and pulling out huge king crab to cook for dinner? EPIC!
15. Surf cast for halibut right off the beach.
Say whaaat? Yup, that's right. Beach life in Alaska is about more than just surf and sand. We can reel in dinner right off shore. Y-U-M!
16. Refer to their home as “the bush.”
This is always a weird one for folks to get used to saying that aren't from Alaska. After you've been here a while, it just is what it is. And we love it!
17. Put skis on our planes.
In order to reach most remote places in Alaska, these otter planes must be able to land on water or snow. Skis definitely do the trick!
18. Have carnivals in the snow.
Winter lasts longer than summer, so heck... why not!
19. Own more than 30 dogs.
I mean, our state sport is dog mushing... what do you expect!
20. Hang their salmon outside to dry.
This is a very common practice by Alaska Native residents living in remote villages. And the end result is DELISH!
Can you think of any other weird things that us Alaskans do that the lower 48’ers just don’t understand?