Show me some Alaska

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A lot of you have requested more pictures of Alaska, and I'm here to oblige, though I'm afraid these are it for now, since being out in the cold has taken its toll on me, it seems. I plan on spending the whole of today indoors, drinking tons of fluids and resting. It's no fun having a nasty cold/cough when on vacation, I tell you. 
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I took some pictures of the Iditarod race, which starts in Anchorage and ends in Nome. Dog sleds played a huge role in the settlement of Alaska. Mushers brought supplies, medicines, and mail to towns inaccessible by cars and larger forms of transportation. The Iditarod celebrates this part of Alaskan culture and tons of people around the world compete. 
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We stopped by the Ulu factory to pick up some souvenirs and an Ulu knife. What's an Ulu, you ask? An Ulu is a curved knife that was crafted by Eskimos. Apparently, it's an ancient tool that they've been using for thousands of years! Ulus were used to slice through everything: fish, seal, etc. 
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We stumbled upon a live Fur Auction, and this wolf pelt sold for $475. Fur is a HUGE part of Alaskan culture. So many people pay tons of money to get beautiful hides that they get made into coats, hats, or other embellishments. Hanging on the stage are pelts and pelts of animals such as wolf, fox, otter, and beaver. 
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On the drive to Wasilla (and no, we didn't visit Sarah Palin), the gorgeous mountains kept me company. 

26 comments:

  1. A fur auction! thats a first! I feel like i am living vicariously through you!

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  2. This is so exciting! I love seeing places all over the world. Alaska is definitely beautiful :)

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  3. I'm sorry to read that you're sick - that's really too bad :( Get better soon!

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  4. Thanks for sharing these pictures. I've never seen much of Alaska before, nor do I really understand the culture there. It seems like a place I'd want to visit.

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  5. SO AWESOME!!! I love seeing these pictures!! Now I want an ulu. Thanks for sharing and I hope you get better so that you can enjoy the rest of your holiday!

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  6. So many beautiful pictures! I'd love to travel there someday! Hope you feel better soon!

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  7. Wonderful pictures; I would love to see Alaska some day! And I have an ulu style knife, it is super useful. I hope you feel better soon!

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  8. We watched a documentary on the Iditarod, and it was so awesome. The dogs are so awesome!

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  9. Great pics Laura! I hope you feel better soon! HUGS

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  10. great photos!

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  11. I hope you feel better soon! Being sick on vacation is definitely no fun. Everything except the fur auction looks awesome to me!

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  12. booooo! no sarah palin? LOL just kidding! she irks me. hahaha the landscape is breathtaking. i love looking at the mountains. i've heard about that race! so nice you captured it. get better soon laura.
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  13. When I think Alaska I conjure images of dog sled races and real fur (and Sarah Palin). I guess reality is not too far from the stereotype. How does it feel being back in the motherland?

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  14. Awesome! I've always wanted to visit Alaska! I wouldn't mind the snow or temps at all. I rather bundle up on a vacation then try to be in a bikini ha ha ha...Have fun! for sure theres no place like home~

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  15. I love that landscape! I reminds me of my time spent in east TN but with much less snow.

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  16. great pictures!! looks like so much fun
    xx

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  17. WOW! Just gorgeous! I never really thought about sled dogs in Alaska... makes sense and so interesting!

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  18. Oh your pics bring back memories of our trip to Alaska! I wish we were there for the sled race though :(

    We never stopped in Wasilla though as we were told its a pretty dodgy area haha

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  19. Beautiful photos Laura. I hope you feel better, I know it's no fun, especially in the freezing chill. xx/Madison

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  20. Alaska seems beautiful! Reminds me of Finland in many ways :D ♥

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  21. great photos !! alaska looking so nice

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  22. Oh my gosh, the Iditarod!! It's on my life bucket list to see this. Do you remember the movie Iron Will? Yeah, I used to watch that on repeat as a child. Hope you are feeling better and having fun!

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  23. I hope you're feeling better. Colds definitely get the thumbs down. On the up side, you do get to recoup in a familiar, cozy, and loving environment :)

    The mountain-scapes are indeed gorgeous! What a place Alaska is. I know that a lot of hard work goes into making a home there and, really, the views must make it all worth it.

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