Here is what you see as you are about to land in Anchorage, a little city nestled up against the Chugiak Mountains and surrounded by the waters of the Cook Inlet (empties into the Gulf of Alaska which is part of the Pacific Ocean). It is magnificent.
There are more than three million lakes in Alaska!
Most of Alaska is on Alaska Standard time, which is four hours earlier than the East Coast and one hour earlier than the West Coast states.
Temperatures and lengths of daylight in Anchorage vary greatly during the four seasons. As an example, here are temperatures and day lengths during the summer months just to give you an idea of how different a summer is in The Great Land:
mid-May: average high temperature is 54 F with 17 hours of daylight.
mid-June: average high temperature is 62 F with 19 hours 18 minutes of daylight.
mid-July: average high temperature is 65 F with 18 hours 26 minutes daylight. mid-August: average high temperature is 63 F with 15 hours 50 minutes daylight.
Alaska is the biggest state in area, covering 663,267 square miles. It is about one-fifth the size of the rest of the United States.The state of Rhode Island could fit into Alaska 425 times. Measuring from north to south the state is approximately 1,400 miles long and measuring from east to west it is 2,700 miles wide.
Alaska is less than 3 miles from Russia! This is the distance between Big and Little Diomede Island.
One half of Alaska's population lives in the Anchorage area.
Alaska has more coastline than the rest of the United States combined!
The largest king salmon caught by rod and reel weighed over 100 pound
Ahhh! I can't wait til August 15th!