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. [caption id="attachment_8713" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Alaska life Flickr - oklanica[/caption]
2 – While maps are good and all, we prefer this hand signal… [caption id="attachment_8734" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Alaska life scissorkick![/caption]
3 – We tell distance in time, not miles. (Because you just never know what you’ll run into.) [caption id="attachment_8705" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Alaska life Flickr - JLS Photography - Alaska[/caption]
4 – We are the largest state in the nation, with only one area code. [caption id="attachment_8732" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Alaska life NumberADay[/caption]
5 – Ice fog, white out conditions, and driving on roads with no visible lanes… totally normal! [caption id="attachment_8725" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Alaska life Flickr - JLS Photography - Alaska[/caption]
6 – We aren’t above naming a furry feline as the town mayor. [caption id="attachment_8771" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Alaska life Flickr - Cody Wellons[/caption]
7 – In some areas of Alaska, the population of bears far outnumber the population of human life. [caption id="attachment_8723" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Alaska life Flickr - USDA Forest Service Alaska Region[/caption]
8 – Not only do we yield to pedestrians, but wildlife also have the right-of-way. [caption id="attachment_8718" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Alaska life Flickr - toffehoff[/caption]
9 – Oh, and so do sled dog teams. [caption id="attachment_8719" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Alaska life Flickr - Travis[/caption]
10 – Plus, no one will look at you funny for owning this many dogs… [caption id="attachment_8700" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Alaska life Flickr - David Weekly[/caption]
11 – Or for outfitting your fur babies with their own closet full of clothes (with more pairs of shoes than you own yourself). [caption id="attachment_8689" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Alaska life Flickr - Allison Mosley[/caption]
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.) [caption id="attachment_8712" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Flickr - Nathanael Coyne[/caption]
13 – In Alaska, it’s not uncommon to spot a reindeer being walked on a leash through the city streets. [caption id="attachment_8735" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Flickr - Travis[/caption]
14 – Or going for an afternoon ride in the truck… [caption id="attachment_8720" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Flickr - Tyson Call[/caption]
15 – Or even running with a bunch of wild and crazy Alaskans dressed up in silly outfits. [caption id="attachment_8702" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Flickr - Fred Rhoades III[/caption]
16 – But at the end of the day, we’ll still gobble up a scrumptious reindeer dog without blinking an eye. [caption id="attachment_8684" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Flickr - Travis[/caption]
17 – Outhouse humor is our way of dealing with the lack of modern amenities. [caption id="attachment_8693" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Flickr - Arthur T. LaBar[/caption]
18 – We have no concept of time in the summer, thanks to the glorious Midnight Sun. [caption id="attachment_8714" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Flickr - Paxson Woelber[/caption]
19 – While you might have places to go and people to meet, the moose don’t really care about holding you up. [caption id="attachment_8724" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Flickr - Zach[/caption]
20 – While outsiders prefer the city lights, we’ll gladly take the northern lights any day. [caption id="attachment_8697" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Flickr - Bureau of Land Management[/caption]
21 – Permafrost problems… [caption id="attachment_8722" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Flickr - U.S. Geological Survey[/caption]
22 – Earthquake problems… [caption id="attachment_8710" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Flickr - mazaletel[/caption]
23 – What you think the Alaska state bird is: [caption id="attachment_8688" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Flickr - Alaska Region U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service[/caption]
24 – Versus the reality: [caption id="attachment_8699" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Flickr - D. Sikes[/caption]
25 – Oddly enough, catching crabs is our real life version of winning the JACKPOT! The odds are better too! [caption id="attachment_8690" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Flickr - amanda[/caption]
26 – We have this kind of epic adventure awaiting us, right inside the city. [caption id="attachment_8726" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Flickr - Paxson Woelber[/caption]
27 – Beware: a long walk on the beach could quickly turn into a life or death situation. [caption id="attachment_8694" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Flickr - Bernt Rostad[/caption]
28 – Springtime does crazy things to Alaska’s resident green thumbs. [caption id="attachment_8685" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Facebook - Alaska MEMES[/caption]
29 – If you don’t have a good sense of humor, there is a good chance that you’ll be easily offended in Alaska. [caption id="attachment_8692" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Flickr - Arthur Chapman[/caption]
30 – Even our garbage cans have to be specially made to prevent the bears from coming too close for comfort. [caption id="attachment_8698" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Flickr - Chris JB[/caption]
31 – When the temps drop, you have two options; either you plug your vehicle in, or the engine seizes up. Your call! [caption id="attachment_8703" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Flickr - James Brooks[/caption]
32 – Xtratufs, aka the official uniform of breakup season. [caption id="attachment_8701" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Flickr - Dr.DeNo[/caption]
33 – But also, the unofficial “something old” to outfit any Alaskan themed wedding. [caption id="attachment_8737" align="aligncenter" width="452"] Facebook - XTRATUF[/caption]
34 – Heck, even dogs get caught wearing Xtratuf’s in Alaska. [caption id="attachment_8686" align="aligncenter" width="610"] Facebook - Xtratuf[/caption]
35 – House shopping in Alaska looks a lot like visiting the local taxidermist.  [caption id="attachment_8736" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Flickr - Travis[/caption]
36 – If you call us any time during the month of July, let’s just say that we’ll be “on the other line.” [caption id="attachment_8706" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Flickr - Joseph[/caption]
37 – First day of moose season got us like… [caption id="attachment_8730" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Flickr - Travis[/caption]
38 – Alaska rural neighborhoods in the winter: [caption id="attachment_8691" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Flickr - Angela[/caption]
39 – Alaska rural neighborhoods in the summer: [caption id="attachment_8687" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Flickr - Joseph[/caption]
40 – Your version of a nice rack probably differs slightly from ours… [caption id="attachment_8715" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Flickr - Sarah Marriage[/caption]
41 – Alaska kids are so tough, they (literally) still enjoy outdoor recess until the temps drop to -10 degrees below zero. [caption id="attachment_8733" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Flickr - Joseph[/caption]
42 – Tough Alaska kids are also quite fearless and unafraid to get their hands dirty in the name of good fun. [caption id="attachment_8728" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Flickr - Alaska Region U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service[/caption]
43 – Our remote villages are referred to as “the bush.” [caption id="attachment_8716" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Flickr - ShoreZone[/caption]
44 – You’ll likely know someone that owns an otter, and no, not the marine animal. [caption id="attachment_8711" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Flickr - NAParish[/caption]
45 – Bunny boots; learn to love them or learn to live without your toes (after they get frostbite). [caption id="attachment_8695" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Flickr - Big Dead Place[/caption]
46 – Braaap! The term is snow-machine, NOT snow-mobile. Kapeesh? [caption id="attachment_8696" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Flickr - Bureau of Land Management Alaska[/caption]
47 – Unfortunately, heading to the slope in Alaska has nothing to do with shredding the pow. [caption id="attachment_8707" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Flickr - Kevan Dee[/caption]
48 – No, they aren’t Dr. Seuss trees. Their growth is stunted because Alaska has permafrost, and lots of it. [caption id="attachment_8704" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]alaska america's outcast Flickr - Jeremy Reding[/caption]
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. [caption id="attachment_8708" align="aligncenter" width="800"]alaska america's outcast Flickr - krstna[/caption]
50 – Weekend warrior status in Alaska is on a whole new level. [caption id="attachment_8683" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]alaska america's outcast Flickr - Joseph[/caption]
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. [caption id="attachment_8727" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]alaska america's outcast Flickr - Paxson Woelber[/caption]
52 – Or maybe, ask yourself what you’d do if you had to pay prices like this? [caption id="attachment_8729" align="aligncenter" width="768"]alaska america's outcast Flickr - Travis[/caption]
53 – That soft, squishy tundra is perfect for taking an afternoon nature nap. [caption id="attachment_8731" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]alaska america's outcast Flickr - Travis[/caption]
54 – No matter how much snow is on the ground, we’ll soak up every ounce of Vitamin D available. [caption id="attachment_8709" align="aligncenter" width="800"]alaska america's outcast Flickr - Laura Avellaneda-Cruz[/caption]
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! [caption id="attachment_8717" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]alaska america's outcast Flickr - Terry Feuerborn[/caption]
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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