In your imagination, you’ve been there so many times. Once visions of the Last Frontier start dancing in your head, there’s no denying that longing in your soul. If you have any doubts about those dreams tugging on your sleeve, here are 10 sure signs that you really need to plan a trip to Alaska soon. You Count Trout Instead of Sheep – When life gets too busy, getting to sleep at night takes a little help. When you start counting rainbow trout instead of sheep, it’s time to head north. Those torpedo-shaped beauties and their brilliant colors are the fish that angling fantasies are made of. Nothing compares to the majesty of a wild rainbow flying out of the water on the end of your line. The Grid Is Officially a Grind – You’re always plugged in and powered up. Even a day off surrenders to the sound of your smartphone or taps on a tablet. It all adds up to a form of constant online overload, but you know there’s an escape. Alaska isn’t that far away, and it offers a peace and quiet that drowns out all that digital noise. You don’t have to unplug completely, but you can if you want to. Vacations Are Becoming Routine – When you think about an upcoming getaway, do you realize how often you’ve been there and done that? You need a change in scenery that rates spectacular. Imagine crystal rivers and pristine countryside. Picture landing at a rustic fishing lodge in a de Havilland Beaver and watching stars shoot across the night skies from your cabin deck. There isn’t anything routine about a vacation in the 49th State. The Wilderness Keeps Calling – Close your eyes, and listen. Do you hear the cry of a bald eagle flying overhead? Give in to that call of the wild, and add the sound of rushing water, the rustle of towering spruce and the howl of a lone wolf. It’s all a part of the natural symphony that extends an open invitation to the magic of Alaska’s unspoiled wilderness. It’s an offer that you can’t resist. Dreams of Fresh Salmon Dance on Your Palate – Nothing else compares to that incredibly pure flavor. You know a farm faux fish with the flick of a fork, but cutting into a fresh chinook salmon filet is akin to slicing butter. Regardless of what the menu tells you, your palate knows. That culinary longing for a taste of something deliciously real is a sure sign that you’re overdue making dinner reservations somewhere close to Bristol Bay. You Need a New Frontier – There’s still plenty left to conquer, but it’s hemmed in by office space and city limits. You’re not afraid of new challenges, but they begin to take on a shade of sameness. Variety is a spice that you can find anywhere, but you can only find 660,000 square miles of rugged natural beauty inside Alaska’s state lines. The Last Frontier can be your […]
Outdoor Recreation in Alaska
Folks who don’t share our passion for fly fishing in Alaska think that it’s all we think about. We don’t understand why they can’t understand our favorite sport, but you and every other dedicated trout bum knows that not all of the magic starts and ends at the water’s edge. If it did, our No See Um blog wouldn’t need this naturally entertaining and always inviting Outdoor Recreation section.
Did you notice how we snuck in an invitation? We want these posts to extend our wilderness welcome mat to everyone regardless of how they feel about fly fishing. We don’t judge. If folks come to visit because our blog inspires them to explore our 3 million lakes and 3,000 rivers, they don’t need a rod and reel to feel right at home. We do strongly suggest bringing a good camera and the highest expectations possible.
How much fun do we have writing about the Last Frontier’s 660,000 square miles? Just imagine how much fun it is to watch brown bears and dance under the Northern Lights. Are there incredible things to do and see and experience here that don’t involve waders and fly cases? Take our word for it. There’s simply no other place on the planet like our magnificent 49th State, and it’s our pleasure to present its very best for your reading pleasure.