Social Encore: Trekking Alaska’s outdoors

Jul. 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

BY JERMEL-LYNN QUILLOPO / Special to the Star-Advertiser

As soon as you think of Alaska, you automatically picture white-tipped mountains and eskimos. Although that may be the case when I visited recently, there is much more that the icy state has to offer.

Alaska is a great place for people who want to experience outdoor or wilderness adventures. Just like Hawaii, Alaska’s culture and heritage is very unique.

One great thing I was able to learn about Alaskan culture were the meanings of totem poles, wood sculptures that often stand several feet high and represent either notable events or lessons. When you are in Alaska, you’ll see many of them.

Here is one of the totem sculptures next to a totem pole in Ketchikan, Alaska. (Courtesy Jermel-Lynn Quillopo)

I saw some that were historical, some that were presents to others and I even saw one created to warn children not to go into the water during high tide.

Since I arrived in Alaska several weeks before salmon season, there weren’t many fish to see. However, my friend Eric went last month with his uncle and dad. They fished in Seward and Soldotna and were able to catch halibut and rockfish.

For all you fishermen, if you want to catch salmon, the beginning of July is an ideal time to catch the second run. Since Alaska is known for its fishing, you’ll be able to find places that will help you catch your fish and will also prepare it for you to eat or to ship back home.

The weather in Alaska is also not as cold as you think it would be. Since it was already summer, you still experience cold temperatures at night, but the sun’s rays were a bit hot as well.

The Alaskan summer sun setting at 9:45pm. (Photo by Jermel-Lynn Quillopo)

The Alaskan summer sun setting at 9:45 p.m. (Courtesy Jermel-Lynn Quillopo)

Another great thing about being in Alaska during the summer are the daylight hours. The sun would rise around 4 a.m. and would not set until 9 p.m. For me, it was sort of a good and bad thing. The great thing about having a lot of daylight is that it psychologically makes you think you have so much more time to do things.

The bad thing? By the time the sun goes down, you may not realize how late it is. This caused me to have really long days of being productive, but short nights of sleep.

I usually eat at lot when I’m on my trips, but this time I roamed and explored more. Check out the adventures I was able to experience in Alaska in the video below.
Jermel-Lynn Quillopo is a multi-faceted, energetic individual with experience in both print and broadcast journalism. “Social Encore” aims to tell diverse stories about Hawaii’s food, events and people; share your tips with Jermel via email or follow her on Twitter.

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