- · One in sixty citizens of Alaska have a pilot’s license.
- · There is a lake for landing seaplanes at the Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage. The wait time to acquire a permanent landing site on the lake is approximately eight years.
- · Special “moose fences” line many of the roads and highways. Most have “moose gates” which help to corral moose and keep them off of the highways.
- · Moose are very territorial and aggressive
- · “Avalanche Gates” are also located along the roadways to help in keeping them open. They are closed when the snow seems unstable, and then explosives are used to clear the accumulated snow.
- · There are five types of Pacific salmon common to Alaska: Chum (Dog), Sockeye (Red), King (Chinook), Silver (Cho), and Pink (Humpy)
- · The record for a King Salmon was 97.5 pounds.
- · There is a famous race in Seward every year on the Fourth of July. It is called the “Mount Marathon” race. Runners race to the top of a local mountain and then back down. Last year’s record time was less than fifty minutes.
- · Homer is the self-proclaimed Halibut fishing capital of the world.
Interesting sites seen along the way:
- · Wee B’s Burger and Fries
- · A store whose name seemed to be “Pan for Gold”
- · “Turnagin Arm” An ocean inlet explored by captain James Cook as he was searching for a northwest passage. Cook named it when his venture did not play out and he had to “turn again.”
- · The Turnagain Arm Pit (a barbeque smokehouse)
- · Moose Path (a small town of about thirty people)
- · Several “hanging” glaciers