There are 152,500 bears in Alaska. Statistics show, however, you are 100 times more likely to die in the United States from bees, wasps, or hornets then you are to be killed by a bear in Alaska. I wonder if the bears know this?
Nome may be situated on treeless tundra, but that doesn’t stop Nome’s citizens from creating a forest. They recyle their Xmas trees by placing them upright in holes drilled in the sea ice, in back of Fat Freddie’s Restaurant. It started as a gag in 1991, but has grown in popularity. This year’s forest was the largest ever, with more than 70 trees! The instant grove attracts ‘wildlife’ too. Somebody with a good sense of humor has put pink wooden pigs, plywood walruses and plastic flamingos there! A sense of humor really does help you get thru the long cold winter.
A Rhode Island newspaper once described the town of Homer as the only place in the world where you can stand in mud up to your knees, and have dust blow in your face. C’mon now! (although I have seen it rain sideways in Cordova and experienced the interesting sight of whitecaps on the mud puddles there! And naturdally, my camper was leaking. Slept with a kettle between my legs to catch the drips. Boy, that was a night!)