map of Alaska, wikicommons

You know you’re an Alaskan when…

You know you’re an Alaskan when…


your friend asks if you’re going Outside for vacation and you know he means out of state.


you follow dog mushers and Nordic (cross-country) skiers as much as football or baseball players.


you have a favorite mosquito repellent.


your freezer has moose, caribou, halibut or salmon from last season.


you own hipboots, rain gear, snow boots, a down, thinsulate, or fur parka, ice grippers or cleats, and at least one item made of fleece. (Extra points if you have a kuspuk or a real fur hat.)


you’ve seen XtraTuff boots at a formal event. (Extra points if you were wearing them.)


you own something made of qiviut (musk ox yarn) or you want one.


you’ve done at least a few of the following: driven just to see the view, ridden in a dog sled, panned for gold, seen the Northern Lights, paddled a kayak, flown over a glacier, gotten a vehicle stuck in snow or mud.


you know someone who had their vehicle totaled from a collision with a moose. (Extra points if it was your vehicle.)


you have a secret fishing hole or berrypicking spot.



To be continued next week!


Do you have one you can add to this list? Please comment below!


I love to share my passion for Alaska and its history in my writing for young adults and their grown ups.

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