|Fannie Quigley's Dinner Table|
OK, here's some interesting facts about the largest state in the Union:
- State sport - Dog Mushing.
- State Nickname - The Last Frontier (no, not the Final Frontier)
- The United States purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867 for $7.2 million, about 2 cents an acre. I bet they would like to take that deal back.
- Alaska has more than 80 potentially active volcanoes and on average 1,000 earthquakes registering 3.5 or more on the Richter scale occur in Alaska each year.
- Longest Day: Barrow the sun rises on May 10th, it don't set for nearly 3 months.
- Shortest Day: Barrow when sun sets on November 18th, Barrow residents do not see the sun again for nearly two months. Yikes!
- There are more than 3,000 rivers in Alaska and over 3 million lakes.
- 17 of the highest 20 mountains in the U.S. are in Alaska. It has 19 peaks over 14,000 feet.
- Of the total 365 million acres of land that make up Alaska, less than one-twentieth of 1% is settled. If you got lost your bones may never be found.
- The largest state in the union, Alaska is one-fifth the size of the Lower 48 and spans 2,400 miles east to west and 1,420 miles north to south. Take that Texas.
We were there for two weeks and only covered a tiny little corner of this enormous state. I see more Alaska vacations in our future.