Q. I just want to know – do Alaskan ‘mountain men’ smell as bad as they look? Thanks, Merry.
A. I’m sure you must be referring to some of the bearded, comfy-dressed characters who come into town from their gold claims, or their traplines. Well, I’d say beauty is in the idea of the beholder. You know like “everyone to his own taste, said the farmer as he kissed his cow!” When I see a mountain man, I am more inclined to think, ‘rugged, independent, capable, industrious and unique’ than I would ‘stinky’. But then, maybe I’ve just been up here too long. I hear those big beards aren’t just a sign of laziness in shaving; but rather, protection from frostbite in winter, and mosquitoes in summer.
Tell you what, Merry, next time I see a mountain man, I’ll see if I can creep close enough to have a sniff! I’ll inhale deeply and report back to you. Okay? That is if I’m not punched out or in jail. -BJ