Kansas City Star Outdoor Editor Brent Frazee admits that he "was looking for adventure" when he booked his ticket to Alaska. The Missouri-based writer came north to the "wilderness state" to attend the 2012 Outdoor Writers Association of America's annual conference, held this year at Chena Hot Springs Resort in Fairbanks. After being inspired by the wilds of the Last Frontier, Frazee tailored a raving personal account of his brief visit to the "wilderness state."
I set out with visions of grandeur and Alaska didn’t disappoint. It took me 4,500 air miles to get there. And once there, I put another 1,650 miles on my rental car.
Along the way, I learned that even in the wilderness, you’ll find the orange barrels and cones of construction zones. Traffic often came to a halt when a flagman stopped one lane of traffic so that construction crews could do their work. I also learned that you’d better stop whenever you see the rare gas station or restaurant. They’re few and far between.
Frazee doesn't explicitly say (but he certainly gives the impression) that he began his journey in Anchorage and road tripped it to Fairbanks, leaving one to wonder: Did he know flying to the Interior was an option?
Frazee continues by gushing about his unexpected run in with a grizzly bear while on a guided fishing trip, saying:
We don’t have creatures that want to eat us when we go fishing in Missouri or Kansas. But that’s only one of the things that added to the intrigue of Alaska, an outdoorsman’s version of the Magic Kingdom. I had been there once before, but on a cruise (and) that’s no way to see the state, in my opinion... you need to be on the ground to really get the feel for what the wilderness state is all about.
Hey, I was looking for adventure when I planned my trip to Alaska, and that’s what I found.
To read more about Frazee's experience in the big state check out his column for the Kansas City Star here.