Given that Alaska is as much a state of mind as a state – think long-dead author Jack London’s “Call of the Wild’ which was actually set in the Yukon Territory but seems perfectly Alaskan – here’s a simple test to assess your Alaskaness.
First, the setup.
You’re a trapper, or maybe just a wilderness adventurer, using a cabin in a far, remote corner of wild Alaska for a regular winter stop. When away from the cabin, you cache some gear in a corner.
In the cache is food, some perfectly legal marijuana to enjoy on that rare evening of relaxation, a large-caliber handgun that’s just extra weight on the trail in winter and a box of ammunition.
While you are away from the cabin, the cache is discovered by others touring the state. They get into it, eat some of the food, give the dope away to some friendly snowmachiners they meet traveling a nearby trail, and use your handgun and several rounds of ammunition to shoot holes in the cabin’s lone bucket.
So here’s the test to see how Alaskan you are.
What is the most egregious act?
- A.) Wasting ammunition?
- B.) Eating some of the food?
- C.) Giving away the stash?
- D.) Shooting holes in the bucket?