Without a doubt wet, wild (with anticipation), and ever watchful was the modus operandi for those of us brazen/crazy enough to take to the water in a small boat during such nasty weather.
Ketchikan locals take the ‘liquid sunshine’ (162 inches equates to a daily rainfall of 2.25 inches in this temperate maritime location) in stride, moving about their business decked out in rain boots and resolve.
And to think in the day this budget buy was labeled “Seward’s folly” and “Seward’s Icebox” by Congress and the press after the man responsible for pushing this deal through, U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward, was ridiculed for his expansionist policies. But I digress.
Makes sense; this wilderness wonderland (52% of Alaska, or 56,575,848 acres is pure wilderness) is the largest U.S. state, twice as big as the state of Texas, larger than the combined area of the 22 smallest states, with a coastline longer than that of the lower 48 combined. Simply put, Alaska’s Inside Passage is a beautiful, pristine world of wilderness, water, and wildlife;
Imagine the taxes on all that real estate.
Ah, yes; my own little chickadees exhibited similar behaviors. From time to time, a few even needed a little coaxing to fly the coop.
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