55 Ways Alaska Is America’s Outcast… And Why We Love It That Way

Alaska - Proud To Be America's Black Sheep

 By: Courtney Dowd-Stanley 

Alaska might be known as America’s black sheep, but that doesn’t keep us locals from loving all the wild and crazy elements that come along with living in the Last Frontier. From the outside looking in, we understand that many people might think that we’re nuts for putting up with Alaska’s undeniable extremities. But the honest truth is that we wouldn’t live anywhere else in the world, if given the opportunity to uproot. While it’s not always easy to manage the challenges that come along with living The Alaska Life, it’s certainly always worth it.
1 – Yes, Alaska is located in the United States. No, we’re not a part of Canada. Alaska life Flickr - oklanica
2 – While maps are good and all, we prefer this hand signal… Alaska life scissorkick!
3 – We tell distance in time, not miles. (Because you just never know what you’ll run into.) Alaska life Flickr - JLS Photography - Alaska
4 – We are the largest state in the nation, with only one area code. Alaska life NumberADay
5 – Ice fog, white out conditions, and driving on roads with no visible lanes… totally normal! Alaska life Flickr - JLS Photography - Alaska
6 – We aren’t above naming a furry feline as the town mayor. Alaska life Flickr - Cody Wellons
7 – In some areas of Alaska, the population of bears far outnumber the population of human life. Alaska life Flickr - USDA Forest Service Alaska Region
8 – Not only do we yield to pedestrians, but wildlife also have the right-of-way. Alaska life Flickr - toffehoff
9 – Oh, and so do sled dog teams. Alaska life Flickr - Travis
10 – Plus, no one will look at you funny for owning this many dogs… Alaska life Flickr - David Weekly
11 – Or for outfitting your fur babies with their own closet full of clothes (with more pairs of shoes than you own yourself). Alaska life Flickr - Allison Mosley
12 – While we don’t hug trees, we do designate them for wildlife. (As if we needed a sign to stop wildlife from taking over.) Flickr - Nathanael Coyne
13 – In Alaska, it’s not uncommon to spot a reindeer being walked on a leash through the city streets. Flickr - Travis
14 – Or going for an afternoon ride in the truck… Flickr - Tyson Call
15 – Or even running with a bunch of wild and crazy Alaskans dressed up in silly outfits. Flickr - Fred Rhoades III
16 – But at the end of the day, we’ll still gobble up a scrumptious reindeer dog without blinking an eye. Flickr - Travis
17 – Outhouse humor is our way of dealing with the lack of modern amenities. Flickr - Arthur T. LaBar
18 – We have no concept of time in the summer, thanks to the glorious Midnight Sun. Flickr - Paxson Woelber
19 – While you might have places to go and people to meet, the moose don’t really care about holding you up. Flickr - Zach
20 – While outsiders prefer the city lights, we’ll gladly take the northern lights any day. Flickr - Bureau of Land Management
21 – Permafrost problems… Flickr - U.S. Geological Survey
22 – Earthquake problems… Flickr - mazaletel
23 – What you think the Alaska state bird is: Flickr - Alaska Region U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
24 – Versus the reality: Flickr - D. Sikes
25 – Oddly enough, catching crabs is our real life version of winning the JACKPOT! The odds are better too! Flickr - amanda
26 – We have this kind of epic adventure awaiting us, right inside the city. Flickr - Paxson Woelber
27 – Beware: a long walk on the beach could quickly turn into a life or death situation. Flickr - Bernt Rostad
28 – Springtime does crazy things to Alaska’s resident green thumbs. Facebook - Alaska MEMES
29 – If you don’t have a good sense of humor, there is a good chance that you’ll be easily offended in Alaska. Flickr - Arthur Chapman
30 – Even our garbage cans have to be specially made to prevent the bears from coming too close for comfort. Flickr - Chris JB
31 – When the temps drop, you have two options; either you plug your vehicle in, or the engine seizes up. Your call! Flickr - James Brooks
32 – Xtratufs, aka the official uniform of breakup season. Flickr - Dr.DeNo
33 – But also, the unofficial “something old” to outfit any Alaskan themed wedding. Facebook - XTRATUF
34 – Heck, even dogs get caught wearing Xtratuf’s in Alaska. Facebook - Xtratuf
35 – House shopping in Alaska looks a lot like visiting the local taxidermist.  Flickr - Travis
36 – If you call us any time during the month of July, let’s just say that we’ll be “on the other line.” Flickr - Joseph
37 – First day of moose season got us like… Flickr - Travis
38 – Alaska rural neighborhoods in the winter: Flickr - Angela
39 – Alaska rural neighborhoods in the summer: Flickr - Joseph
40 – Your version of a nice rack probably differs slightly from ours… Flickr - Sarah Marriage
41 – Alaska kids are so tough, they (literally) still enjoy outdoor recess until the temps drop to -10 degrees below zero. Flickr - Joseph
42 – Tough Alaska kids are also quite fearless and unafraid to get their hands dirty in the name of good fun. Flickr - Alaska Region U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
43 – Our remote villages are referred to as “the bush.” Flickr - ShoreZone
44 – You’ll likely know someone that owns an otter, and no, not the marine animal. Flickr - NAParish
45 – Bunny boots; learn to love them or learn to live without your toes (after they get frostbite). Flickr - Big Dead Place
46 – Braaap! The term is snow-machine, NOT snow-mobile. Kapeesh? Flickr - Bureau of Land Management Alaska
47 – Unfortunately, heading to the slope in Alaska has nothing to do with shredding the pow. Flickr - Kevan Dee
48 – No, they aren’t Dr. Seuss trees. Their growth is stunted because Alaska has permafrost, and lots of it. alaska america's outcast Flickr - Jeremy Reding
49 – Two words: polar plunge. Yes, we do it. Yes, it’s for a good cause. And yes, we know you think we’re crazy. alaska america's outcast Flickr - krstna
50 – Weekend warrior status in Alaska is on a whole new level. alaska america's outcast Flickr - Joseph
51 – If our responsibility to hunt and feed our family (the most organic meat possible) offends you, you probably shouldn’t reside in the rugged Last Frontier. alaska america's outcast Flickr - Paxson Woelber
52 – Or maybe, ask yourself what you’d do if you had to pay prices like this? alaska america's outcast Flickr - Travis
53 – That soft, squishy tundra is perfect for taking an afternoon nature nap. alaska america's outcast Flickr - Travis
54 – No matter how much snow is on the ground, we’ll soak up every ounce of Vitamin D available. alaska america's outcast Flickr - Laura Avellaneda-Cruz
55 – Even in a town that stays dark for 65 days a year, we’d still choose Alaska over anywhere else in the world. If that makes us an outcast, then we’ll take it! alaska america's outcast Flickr - Terry Feuerborn
Looking for more where that came from? Check out these 13 times Alaska bears thought they were humans and got caught on candid camera. You'll also enjoy these 23 hilariously accurate ways to always spot a tourist in Alaska this summer. Don't miss these 15 indisputable fears that everyone living the Alaska life has had. If you are living and loving The Alaska Life – share your adventures with us on our Facebook page HERE, and they might just end up getting featured in one of our next blog posts.
Written by Courtney Dowd-Stanley 

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