Got asked for my passport in Michigan. I try to explain that Alaska is part of the US.
We were hiring a person from Florida to come work and she said she was gonna drive. She said it’s just above Michigan? She never showed up.
When I drove to Oregon, of course I had AK plates on my car. People would often ask me how I got here. I drove. How? Is there a bridge? My reply, Yes, it’s called Canada genius!
I half to add a few… working in the hospitality industry in Alaska at our local beautiful Alyeska in the reservation department. I had guests ask me many questions, such as…. When do you turn on all the waterfalls? When do you let all the animals out of cages, I would really like to see a bear. Does the tram go up? Do we half to pay another fee to come down?
On the wall above the fireplace there is a beautiful head of a moose mounted. Two guest from another country were having a serious decussion about what kind of horse they were looking out.
A man and a woman were enjoying the beautiful view as they were riding the tram. The woman turns to me and says. Is that the Arctic ocean pointing to Turnagain mud flat.
It’s amazing how little people really know about Alaska. It’s a beautiful mystery to them.
We drove to Illinois and the concierge asked us where we were from. We told him we drove from Alaska. He stared at us in disbelief. Finally, he found is tongue and said, “You can’t drive from Alaska, you must have taken a boat, right?” After a bit of confusion we realized he believed Alaska was an island (“because it is on all of the maps…right next to Hawaii”).
When I moved to the lower 48,I went to the bank to cash a check.(no debit cards back then) the teller told me” We don’t cash checks from other countries “. I tried to explain that Alaska has been a part of the USA for many years. She didn’t believe me.
My all time favorite silly question……. Doesn’t that many barrels make a lot of noise going through the pipeline?
Very funny – thank you for sharing. I have lived here for 49 years, and I have heard quite a bit, but the funniest is when they ask if we really live in igloos and mush dogs. :)