April 16, 2014

Almost Spring-- The reason we live in Alaska

You never know how much you take advantage of things like being able to wear shoes that have no treads, not having to carry Kleenex with you everywhere you go, always being on guard for that huge piece of gravel that is going to fly into your windshield with a sound that resembles a gunshot. Oh, Winter how we so love when you're gone.

Don't get me wrong, spring isn't all sunshine and roses either. It's a time where the snow melts and leaves gigantic pools in your yard that smell remotely like dog poop. It's a time where you see all the trash that has gathered along the roads. And it's a time where you want to pull out the cute shoes and skirts but it just isn't quite warm enough yet.

I'm not complaining, I'm just pointing out the facts. In the end, us Alaskans really have about 3-4 months out of the year that are thoroughly enjoyable. That is, if it isn't raining or if the mosquitoes aren't so bad you can't leave the house. So why do I live here?

Because it's one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. Because it's a land of opportunity where if you wanted, you could do pretty much whatever you want; start a business, run for office, become a mountain runner, a deep sea crabber, or whatever it is that floats your boat (and hopefully keeps it afloat). Because even though it's the largest state in our nation, I can go to pretty much any place and know someone. It's that "small" of a state.

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