In spite of the obstacles the Alaska truckers were presented with they never weakened in their determination to get the job done. These pioneer drivers never conquered or tamed Alaska's roads and weather, but they learned to operate on the back trails and paths--always making their way to the trip's end. In spite of all the challenges, they never quit. The following from Teddy Roosevelt is an appropriate salute to Alaskan truckers: "It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that high place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat." Eighteen Wheels North to Alaska: A History of Trucking in Alaska is the story of Alaskan drivers who guided, coaxed, pushed, pulled, plowed, and somehow made it to the end of the road--and beyond--over high mountain passes, whiteout conditions, seventy below zero temperature, through mud, muck, and tundra terrain--even onto the Arctic Ocean ice beyond the shore.
The last frontier; a ninety day, 5,000 mile motorhome journey from Vancouver, British Columbia to Fort Macleod, Alberta, by way of Alaska and the Yukon. With his wife, Sharon, and a "no-account" cat named Pickles (the no-account label is explained in chapter two) he traveled virtually every major road, and several minor ones, throughout the interior of the vast land to the north. In the same humorous/historical style as Bill Bryson and Dave Barry, North to Alaska with a No-Account Cat becomes a testament to the pristine scenery, colorful inhabitants, frontier-like towns and exciting adventures found in the land of the midnight sun. Share unique adventures in places such as the Sign Post Forest, in Watson Lake, Yukon, Halibut Cove, on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska, and Prince William Sound near Anchorage, Alaska, home to twenty-six glaciers, the most spectacular-Meares and Columbia. Bon Voyage!
Planning an Alaska Inside Passage Cruise? Like a magnificent symphony, let this account amuse you and inform you. Grand themes occur with repetition and variation - incredibly beautiful scenery, great fun on board the ship, and culturally broadening excursions at every port. Snow-capped peaks on both sides of the Inside Passage, Native Peoples, totem poles, eagles, salmon, whales, and bears. Alaska, so different and so grand! What do you want to find and do on your Alaska Inside Passage Cruise?
Collects two romances that take place in Alaska, including "Borrowed Dreams," wherein Cathy Grieves, having left Seattle for Anchorage in search of adventure, instead finds Brand, a widowered pilot that she has fallen in love with.
North to Alaska! assesses the impact of the Alaska Highway on the Northwest and the broader political, economic, and social significance of its construction on Canadian-American relations. It is also a compilation of vivid vignettes, the personal accounts of the people who were associated with the highway, all of whom helped give it its special character. Historian Ken Coates recreates a sense of time and place and proves that the Alaska Highway is much more than a road.
Alaska In the Wake of the North Star gives a fascinating and compelling account of that moment in time when dramatic and powerful changes were just beginning to bubble in the far north. During a three-month journey of 11,000 miles between Sitka and Point Barrow on the USMS North Star, Loel Shuler had the privilege of an intimate look at the ways of life and the unique peoples of Alaska as they were in 1950. In these pages she shares her story and photographs of people and places that today have all but disappeared so that none of us has to forget.
Are you ready for an Alaska adventure? Travel with a pastor through central Alaska on a two-week tour of our fiftieth state. A lifelong dream to visit the land of the midnight sun, this preacher will share his spiritual insights and Biblical observations of the last frontier. Journeying with this Maine minister will be his wife of forty-five years and their first born son, who had spent his final two years of active military service stationed in Alaska with the United States Army. Experience the North Pole and fishing for grayling and rainbow trout near Fairbanks; taste for the first time Alaskan king crab; travel south with this trio to Denali National Park and witness the animal world at its finest; view Mt. McKinley from thirty-six miles; explore the Kenai Peninsula and catch the biggest rainbow trout of your life; visit old missionary friends at their airfield ranch in Chickaloon; take a plane ride over one of the greatest glaciers in the world; four-wheel through virgin forest to a glacier river; feel the spray of ice-cold waterfalls while passing through a mountain pass; share the thrill with your son of hundreds of migrating salmon bumping against your legs in a tidal stream, and pan for gold and find some nearby ancient gold dredge. Travel with the Blackstones as they experience the best of what Alaska can offer tourists as well as the explorers, and on the way learn a few spiritual lessons that might just change your life.
Known as the "Last Frontier" And The "Land of the Midnight Sun," Alaska is a fascinating state for students to study. This book covers all the basics that students need to know about the forty-ninth state including its geography, history, government, and notable people. it also describes Alaska's major industries over the years, from the great gold rushes of the turn of the century To The oil industry of today. Every chapter contains a sidebar devoted To The theme of past contrasting with the present.. A timeline of important events and a listing of key facts about Alaska are also included.