FC: Midwesterners Come to Alaska Laura Lynn Walsh Emily Ulrich
1: Midwesterners Come to Alaska Laura Lynn Walsh Emily Ulrich
2: When I first moved to Alaska from Illinois, one of the things that was hardest for me to adjust to while getting to know Fairbanks was that, in general, the roads are placed according to natural features. In Illinois, most of the roads are north-south or east-west. There are lots of exceptions in both places, though.
3: This is a map of one of the places I lived in Illinois. | And these are the streets around where I live in Alaska.
4: This is often as far as you can see when you are driving the highways in Illinois. There are lots of highways in Illinois.
5: Alaska Mount McKinley - 20,320 feet This is what you can often see when driving the highways in Alaska. There are a lot fewer highways in Alaska, though.
6: This is the view from our deck in Alaska - the Alaska range at sunrise.
7: This is a typical view in Illinois. When we first moved to Illinois, my husband told a friend he could stand on a shoebox and wave to him in St. Louis.
8: These animals were found in our back yard in Illinois. | We would see the occasional rabbits and squirrels as well.
9: These animals were in our back yard in Alaska.
11: Farm Animals Farm animals in Illinois are typically pigs, cows, and chickens. Sometimes you will find horses as well, although many farms now have few or no animals.
12: Musk Oxen These are "farm" animals that are found at the Large Animal Research Station. They are found in the wild in other parts of Alaska.
13: Carideer and Reinbou The LARS breeds caribou and reindeer to get carideer and reinbou, depending on which parent was father and mother.
14: Farms are scattered all over the mid-west, but in Minnesota it is the rural landscape. Some are still in operation while others, sit empty in hopes of being restored. Above is a picture of Emily's parents farm.
15: Alaska's landscape consists of very few farms, but is known for its vast wilderness.
16: Barns are not the only structures that make the Midwest unique. Windmills, silos, and granary bins, also give the farmsteads flavor. Old country churches with their impressive steeples still call people to worship. The Amish schools are also well known, but well hidden amongst the rural community.
17: The structures that identify Alaska are the many military bases, but I also think the dry cabins and outhouses are also unique. I will never forget the first time someone described how beautiful their view was from their outhouse window. I found it humerus. Other structures I found interesting were the caches and fish wheels.
19: Hiking is very different in Alaska compared to the Midwest. The terrain of the trails here in AK can vary from being real easy to extremely challenging. Minnesota's trails range from easy to moderately challenging. Weather in AK can change rapidly, so being prepared is a must, furthermore everything seems bigger including the animals. One thing I don't have to worry about in AK is wood ticks, which is a huge plus.
20: What one word ties these two pictures together? | Alaska | Midwest
21: The Glaciers are the best structures or geological features of Alaska and one of the most exciting terrains to hike on. Have you guessed what these two pictures have in common? Calving. Glaciers calve when chunks of ice break off the glacier. Cows calve when giving birth.
22: It is said that the fireweed tells how far along summer is. When the blooms get to the top of the stalk, summer is nearly over. So is this book.
23: Who would have thought this native Iowan and long time resident of Illinois would end up living in (and loving) Alaska? Is Alaska everything you had hoped it would be Emily? YA, SURE, YOU BETCHA
24: Credits Photos Photos of pigs, corn, and Illinois horizon courtesy of Elizabeth (Slippery Liz) Potsch Photos of Denali, cats, Alaska range, porcupine, foxes, moose, musk oxen, and caribou courtesy of Laura Lynn Walsh photos of farm, horse, cows, church, Amish school, windmill, outhouse, hiking photos, and Alaska scenery courtesy of Emily Ulrich Maps Courtesy of Laura Lynn Walsh Copyright 2009