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    Posted January 2, 2009 by
    AKJACKAL
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    Fairbanks, Alaska
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Travel snapshots: Otherworldly landscapes

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    Living in Interior Alaska

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     AKJACKAL says, 'I love to eat just about anything, but I love a good steak. In Alaska, I have eaten Muktok (whale blubber), Dry Fish (dried salmon), Dry Meat (dried moose), Yak, Elk, Moose, Bear, and Reindeer. The Yak was cooked over a spit large enough for the whole animal to be rotated over a large fire, and driven by a tractor motor. My diet has not changed much other than quantity.'
    - Cortnee H, CNN iReport producer

     

    Living in the interior of Alaska is much like anyplace in the world. Despite the cold, you have cities with many of that same qualities of any lower 48 town. The differences would be the cold weather in winter (obviously), the increased cost of shipping, gas prices (which doesn't make sense), wildlife, open land, and the amount of daylight. In Fairbanks, you have big stores like Sears, Home Depot, Lowes, Wal-Mart, Sportsman's Warehouse, Old Navy, and Barnes & Noble. For eating, you have the obvious like McDonalds and Burger King, but we also have Carl's Jr., Boston's, and Chili's.

     

     

    The photos I've included are focused on the open land for recreation and the wildlife. Most of these photos are from a hunting trip northeast of Fairbanks. The photo of my son is on a nature trail in one of the many parks in our area. The others are in and around a cabin out in the middle of nowhere where we go to escape the city life and enjoy nature at it's finest.

     

     

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