Out of the Wild The Alaska Experiment

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I’ll level with you, most real Alaskans I know have a good laugh over the many reality shows set in Alaska.  I’m not one of them, simply because I can set aside the inaccuracies and enjoy the shows for what they are.  Nevertheless, I do have my favorites and this is one of them.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1422378/

I like this one so much because these Lower 48ers were willing to put their hearts and souls into it and to really try and endure and suffer.  It was the participants which made this show.

“Lower 48er” -a person who resides in the continental United States, the Lower 48 states, as designated by Alaskans.

Alaska has a million ways to kill you, and odds are no one would ever find your body.

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It really is the Last Frontier, the Wild West, the great unknown and untamed wilderness, a fierce and unforgiving beauty.

I miss it.

Anyway, so a bunch of Lower 48ers are dropped off in Alaska and given a map and allowed to choose their gear.  A guitar?  Seriously?  Gonna whack a charging moose over the head with that?

Fear not.  The participants get a grip on reality and their indomitable spirit is inspiring.  So, these Lower 48ers don’t know much to start with, but they learn and the process of learning and dealing and finally winning is awesome.  Totally worth the watch.  Highly recommended.  🙂

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ALASKA – It’s Not ‘Northern Exposure’ and That’s Okay

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098878/

I miss Alaska most during the summertime down here in the Lower 48 (that’s what Alaskans call the rest of the US.)  I also miss Christmas terribly in July.

Northern Exposure was an amazing television show which ran from 1990 to 1995 and starred, among others, the hero from two of my only three favorite chick-flicks, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 1 and 2.

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Filmed in Washington state, it was a far from accurate portrayal of Alaskan life.  But, that was okay by me.  The characters were flawed and multi-dimensional and the plots were tight and engaging.  Loved that show.

This is my first post about Alaska on this blog.  The only thing predictable about these posts is that they’ll have something to do with Alaska.