Sunday, February 28, 2016

This Week Lifestyle Motorhome's

           To travelers from more populated areas of the world, Alaska can seem like another planet. It is otherworldly in its difference, with its vast wilderness, free-roaming wildlife, and splendid scenery. But the call of the wild is also a call to our roots—to a rich fabric of nature that speaks to our primeval past. That other world is also an ancient home. All it takes to answer the "why" question is a visit to the state. There is simply no comparable travel destination on Earth.

A more important question might be, "What’s the best way to see Alaska?" Tourists make a mistake when they treat the state as they might treat Washington, D.C., or Yellowstone. In Alaska, it is less appropriate to carry a "must-see" destination list and drive from sight to sight or viewpoint to viewpoint. The state is so richly endowed with stunning mountains, awesome glaciers, and impressive wildlife that, in a way, there’s no place to go—you’re already there!

If you’re wise, you won’t come to Alaska to collect snapshots and T-shirts, but to seek experience. Head into the wild country. Feel the power of a land that is geologically violent, climatologically raw, and biologically inhuman. Nose your kayak into bergs of a Kenai Fjords glacier, hoping you’re not a little too close to the calving river of ice that sloughed them off. Listen to the motor of a floatplane fade into the distance, the pilot having promised to retrieve you a week later from a lonely gravel bar, 50 miles away across the Brooks Range. Leave your tentsite for a sunset hike in the Wrangells, knowing that a grizzly sow and her cubs might be trundling silently through the alders just over the next rise. If your Alaska visit is likely to be a once-in-a-lifetime event, come not as a tourist, but as an explorer.

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