Alaska, the 49th State... the Great Land...
the Last Frontier...
taunted early explorers and still defies modern-day researchers, while exerting
a fascination that attracts more and more people looking for that 'something
different.' The hint of urban sophistication in Anchorage and Juneau rapidly
gives way to the frontier, where outdoor survival skills are among the most
useful attributes a resident can possess.
Alaska has lush rain-drenched forests and barren windswept
tundra. There are lofty mountains, still-active volcanoes, and spectacular
glaciers, as well as countless lakes and endless swamps. Along with a handful of
modern high-rise buildings there are countless one-room log cabins. Within hours
of dining sumptuously in a first-class restaurant it is possible to tread on
ground that has never known a human footprint: ground belonging to the grizzly
bear and the wolf and shared only reluctantly with human beings.
This site will be under continual construction. It would be to your
advantage to check back frequently and see what's going on.
Left to right, the pictures in the photo-bar are: Siberian husky
sled dog; Russian Orthodox Cemetery & Church at Ninilchik; an icon from Nunivak
Island; totem poles at Sitka; caribou silhouetted by an aurora; Orr Stage
Company leaving Valdez for Fairbanks (1895); Yupik mask from Nunivak Island
depicting an ircir (Irciruaq kegginaquq), a creature half human, half fox
(1940s); Nob Hill residences, Ketchikan (1920s).