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Trip Breakdown:

I am in Chicago! This means that I SURVIVED ALASKA.

Days in Alaska: 45

Day length when I got there: 17.5 hours

Day length when I left: 13 hours

Coldest temp: 28F, in Denali.

Buckets of dirt carried: I don't even want to know.

Sod blocks lifted: See above.

Mosquito bites: I stopped counting at 172

Pictures taken: 2,600

Cameras destroyed: 1.5

Planes taken: 11. Only within state borders: 5 planes, about 1100 miles.

Busses: 9, about 850 miles

Trains: 1, 150 miles

Tour van: 1, 400 miles

Car rides with complete strangers: 2, about 30 miles. (Travel rule: It doesn't count as hitch-hiking if they're staying at your hostel. Or if you're in a national park.)

Top speed driving an ATV: 18mph.

Places stayed: 3 hostels, 2 campsites, 1 Quonset hut, one mattress on a friend's floor.

New foods eaten: 8. Yak, bison, caribou, reindeer, cloudberries, crowberries, highbush cranberries, Akutak/'Eskimo ice cream.'

Communities/Towns visited: Bethel, Quinhagak, Eek, Anchorage, Palmer, Wasilla, Talkeetna, Mckinley Village, Kantishna, Fairbanks, North Pole, Yukon Crossing.

Number of these towns where the mayor is a cat: 1

Wildlife seen at close range: 11 bears, 5 moose, 2 bunnies.

Places where I could see Russa: 0


( 14 said to the lesser floods, "Be dry." — say to mountains, "Be ye removed." )
Sep. 16th, 2012 02:57 pm (UTC)
I am curious about this town where the mayor is a cat! Congratulations on surviving Alaska!
Sep. 17th, 2012 03:32 am (UTC)
Talkeetna had an election about fifteen years ago where Stubbs the cat beat both canidates by write in vote. Since then, everyone's decided he's way less trouble then most politicians, so he's been re-elected every time.
Sep. 16th, 2012 03:59 pm (UTC)
172+ mosquito bites. dear god. o_o

what happened to the cameras?
Sep. 17th, 2012 03:42 am (UTC)
One got sand into the lens and died, which is probabaly to be expected for a month of using it on a windy archaeology dig. The other just isn't focusing, which I'm hoping is fixable.

The mosquitos were amazingly bad. On days when the wind died we had to wear face netting, but full body netting might have been a better bet.
Sep. 16th, 2012 07:44 pm (UTC)
Sounds wonderful! I love Alaska :)
Sep. 17th, 2012 06:56 am (UTC)
I love Alaska. I could wish it wasn't quite so far away from everyone I know, but I suppose if it was more accessible it wouldn't be the same.
Sep. 16th, 2012 07:46 pm (UTC)
THIS IS SO COOL!! Lots of berries you ate.

That last comment/count made me laugh out loud! :D
Sep. 18th, 2012 03:54 am (UTC)
It was berry season in Denali when I went. I forgot bear berries - which were tasty - and soapberries, which weren't.

Edited at 2012-09-18 04:15 am (UTC)
Sep. 17th, 2012 12:29 am (UTC)
Wow - sounds like a wonderful adventure! And I love that you were keeping stats on everything, including mosquito bites (though seriously - that number sounds unbearable! I'm a baby and can hardly handle 5 in a weekend!)


Sep. 18th, 2012 04:18 am (UTC)
That was just one count of my arms and lower legs - I gave up after that. They were unbearable, without the face net I honestly couldn't breathe some days.
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Sep. 18th, 2012 04:22 am (UTC)
I hadn't even realized how much I did until I was typing it up. Definetly an interesting trip!
Sep. 17th, 2012 05:28 am (UTC)
Last line of win XD Also, sounds all up just amazing :D And.. a cat?!

Oh, I just noticed the comment explaining that... brilliant stuff LOL!

Edited at 2012-09-17 05:28 am (UTC)
Sep. 18th, 2012 04:25 am (UTC)
I didn't get to meet Mayor Stubbs, but I saw his favorite bar. There's only a few businesses in town, so he wanders in wherever he likes and is usually provided with a cushion and some milk.

Edited at 2012-09-18 11:35 am (UTC)
Sep. 24th, 2012 12:40 pm (UTC)
See, there's a cinema here which has a cat who's pretty famous and he gets pampered when he wanders. But he's not Mayor!

( 14 said to the lesser floods, "Be dry." — say to mountains, "Be ye removed." )