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People ask a lot of questions about Alaska, and rightfully so! The Last Frontier is intriguing to so many people around the globe. Every year, mostly in the summer, people flock to Alaska to set out on a new adventure, or a trip of a lifetime.
Some questions can be amusing to locals, while others are downright irritating.
CAN I MEET SOMEONE I SAW ON TV
The short answer to this is probably no, although you may run into someone who is out and about.
Life here is usually not what you see on TV. Thanks to Hollywood going over the top with so many TV shows, people really have gotten the wrong impression of how things work here.
While there are exceptions to every rule, meeting your favorite Alaskan TV star is most likely not going to happen, even if it is your “favorite mayor.”
Sorry to burst your bubble.
CAN YOU USE AMERICAN MONEY IN ALASKA
Alaska gained it’s statehood in 1959 and proudly sports the title of “Forty-Ninth State to the United States of America.”
So, since we are part of the United States, yes, you can use our currency.
Eh-hem, I mean the US Dollar.
WHAT TIME DO THE NORTHERN LIGHTS COME ON
The lights come out when they want to. For whatever reason, some people think that there is a magic switch that is controlled by someone behind a curtain like in the movie, The Wizard of Oz.
I will go ahead and add this, however – with the extended daylight in the summer months, you will not see them in the summer!
IS ALASKA AN ISLAND
Maps like these give some folks that impression though for both Alaska and Hawaii.
See below for an accurate visual of where we are located.
Yes, if driving here, you must go through Canada.
WHAT TIME ZONE IS ALASKA IN
We have our own time zone.
We are one hour behind PST.
As of this date in 2020 we still observe Daylight Savings Time as well. We are still wondering why, though…
DO THE OIL BARRELS GET STUCK IN THE PIPELINE
If oil barrels were sent through the pipeline, I am sure they would get stuck from time to time.
We are safe from that ever happening, however. Rest assured that the only thing flowing into this massive pipeline is the oil itself.
HOW FAR OUT IS SEA LEVEL
I was amazed at how many times I was asked this question when I worked the docks.
People would ask me while standing on the boat, “how far out do we have to go to get to sea level?”
“You’re at sea level,” I would reply.
Believe it or not, some folks would argue that fact with me.
WHAT TIME DO THE MOOSE COME OUT
Daryl was at work one day when we first moved here. A man from the lower 48 asked him, “What time do the Moose come out?”
Daryl told him, “Moose are the largest of the deer family, and act like deer. They mostly come out at sunset and sunrise but are always out.” 😉
On our side of the state, things are pretty rural. The wildlife does their own thing, on their timetable.
IS IT ALWAYS DARK
No. Winter Solstice is the only time that it is mostly dark. That can vary also depending on what part of the state that you live in.
You can read more about that here: Is Alaska Always Dark
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