Friday, Oct. 18 is Alaska Day.
It marks the anniversary of the formal transfer of the territory from Russia to the United States — which occurred 146 years ago in Sitka.
It also serves as an opportunity for Alaskans to reflect on the incredible state we live in.
Sure, we encounter some challenges that are foreign to nearly every other American. (The recent Chinook winds ripping through Chugiak-Eagle River precede our perennial frigid winters).
But where else can you ski the majority of the year? And what state has better hiking? Or more expansive views?
Not to mention world-class fishing.
But all the beauty and outdoor activities the Last Frontier has to offer come in a distant second to Alaska’s best feature — it’s residents.
From those born and raised to the transplants who moved here seeking adventure and never left, Alaska’s populace shares the same attitude. You don’t have to look far to find an easy-going, friendly Alaskan who will go out of their way to help a complete stranger.
No other state can make such a claim about its entire population.
This Alaska Day, take some time to reflect on how fortunate we are to live in the 49th state.
Here, there truly is no place like home.