Q. What is the State of Alaska known as? -Janet
A. Alaska is known as ‘The Last Frontier’…a place where you can sometimes be yourself, do your own thing….a place where you could if you were so inclined, build a cabin in the bush (think: out in the toolies!) and live without electric, running water, or plumbing, and burn wood for heat and cooking. We did that once for about 6 years and we remember those years with fondness! It wasn’t that bad. Believe it or not, I swear I had lots more ‘disposable time’ back then, than I do now with all the modern conveniences. Everyday seemed like an adventure. That was not a bad feeling at all.
We have a lot of unique individuals up here. The men outnumber the women by quite a lot. There is an old saying….For women, up here the odds are good….but the ‘goods’ are odd! (just kidding guys)
Alaska is a ‘frontier’ because there are some places where you can still find a spot of land and ‘prove up on it’ – receiving title to it, from the state, after a time. Unfortunately though, the days of homesteading a hundred and sixty acres are past. The few parcels still available are much smaller – probably about 5 acres – and most are in really inaccessible places where you can’t just drive to and stake your claim; but rather where you need to fly, boat, or snowmachine into to begin your adventure, and where very thing to build with has to be flown in. In that respect, you have to be well off financially, to get your ‘free’ land. Which rather defeats the purpose I think.