The Alaska Life received a lot of feedback from a recent post about the crazy comments or questions some Alaska tourists to the 49th state can make:
Nicki Bennett I was hiking Flat Top one day, I started talking to one of the many Alaska tourists who was stopped just before the boulders. She was admiring the view of the inlet. I was telling her to catch her breath and try to make it to the top, that it’s even better up there. She snapped at me and said, that’s easy for you to say- you’re from Alaska. I’m from Georgia, we are at sea level! I very politely pointed to the inlet and said “so are we…”
Chris Crago Our guide told us one this weekend. On a kayaking trip a guest asked the guide “how long does it take for a porpoise grow into a full grown whale??”
Dot Keith 10 years as a driver/guide I’ve heard them all. The best was the guy in my motor coach DEMANDING to know when we turn in the northern lights. In spite of my feeble attempts to educate, it all fell on deaf ears. He and his wife were the last to leave the bus at their hotel. He got in my face and refused to move. I finally said, get up at 2:37 am tomorrow and drove off. It was early Sept., but I did not check back to see if there had been any action that night. It is disconcerting to realize how ignorant so many folks are and have no desire to learn.
Paula Lawlor From one of the Alaska tourists in the Copper River Valley – “Who takes care of the wild animals at night? I know the rangers take care of the animals during the day, but who goes out at night to care for them?”
Lois Paige Simenson “OMG you guys speak English here! They told us we needed passports to get in from Arkansas.”
Sandi Noyes Couple years ago, I hit a moose. Talking to insurance adjustor stationed in Florida…I was asked…”Who’s pet was the moose.?” It took a couple seconds for me to answer.
Connie Williams-Klimes “How far from Denali is Mt McKinley?”
Susan McGraw “where can I get Alaskan money?”
Lisa Ilutsik Oh God, who mows the tundra?
Jeannie Metzger My favorite of the Alaska tourists quotes, “They should cut down some of these trees so we can take better pictures.”
Timothy W. Walker I work west of Prudhoe Bay and this is similar to people who get sick after a couple of days of being up here (probably dehydrated) and saying they must be getting altitude sick because of the high altitude we are at. You know, because we are almost on top of the world, i.e. way ABOVE the arctic circle. We are actually only about 30 to 40 feet above sea level.
Lindsey van Rennes was visiting Matanuska glacier a couple years ago, a lady asked “what chemicals do they use to make the ice look blue??”
Kate Mcq One time I was talking to a tourist family when I noticed the Dad taking a picture of some dog poop that someone didn’t pick up. He looked up and said “hey honey take a look at the bear dung!”. I just walked away
Shelley Johnston Worked at a gift shop in Sitka and a tourist asked me “What kind of grass is baleen?” Because we had a ship made out of it for sale.
Cheryl Lemon Laffranchi When I worked at Mckinley Park( I’m old) the ‘Peeps’ (tourists) always asked ” When do the animals go on parade?”
Amber Mitterling “Is this the Upper 48 since we came from the Lower 48?”
Laurie Olsen I worked at Glacier Bay Lodge. People would sit and look out the window and ask “What time do the glaciers go by?”
Yvonne McLoud Tourist argues: “I’ve been to Anchorage before. The sun doesn’t set for 8 months!”
For more quotes from our beloved visitors from out-of-state, see our previous piece which highlights some more of what some sourdoughs might get a chuckle at!