Friday, February 15, 2008
The Last Frontier
Well, the next time I make a post with will be from my Alaskan igloo! We are leaving here this weekend and flyin' up. It is sad to say goodbye, but we are very excited to see our family and be with them again.
I have gotten a bit of questions as to why we are moving to Alaska, what is taking us up there, and where in Alaska...so I will shed a little light on these questions.
We are moving up to Anchorage so my husband can get his master's degree while he is working at Wells Fargo. My parents live in India right now so they have been nice enough to offer us their wonderful house for awhile. So we are truckin' up north to make some roots, money, and get an education. We are just really looking forward to being around family and to have this great experience at Wells Fargo and for school.
And for all of you that maybe have some more questions....here are some fun facts about Alaska to tie you over till my next post!
- Alaska has over 1/2 the world's glaciers
- Alaska is 55 miles east of Russia
- We are the only state to have coastlines on three different seas. Arctic Ocean, Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea.
- Purchased from Russia in 1867 for under 2 cents an acre.
- There is no sales tax in Anchorage.
- There are approximately 100,000 glaciers in Alaska
- Alaska has about one registered pilot for every 58 residents
- Anchorage encompasses 1,955 sq. miles - about the size of the state of Delaware
- The Alaska flag was designed by 13-year old boy
- Alaska has more than 3,000 rivers and over 3 million lakes
- Alaska holds about 19% of the world's volcanos
- In Barrow the sun never sets from May 10 to August 2, 84 days, and it never rises from November 18 to January 24, 67 days
- Alaska is as big as England, France, Italy and Spain combined
- If New York City had the same population density as Alaska, only 16 people would be living in Manhattan
- During World War II, two Alaskan islands, Attu and Kiska, were occupied by the Japanese for 15 months