Alaska has a reputation for being wild, free and spectacular. Residents of the state always feel at home with exactly that impression, but they cannot always express the impact of this extraordinary state that has taken the motto of the “Final Frontier.” Here’s a number of reasons why we love Alaska living. We think you’ll agree.
1 – Alaska Mountains
- The mountains of Alaska provide an overwhelming presence in almost every part of the state. Fourteen separate mountain ranges are evident, with a range of elevations and visible appearances. A few of these are most notable:
- The most famous mountain peak, Mount Denali, lies in the Alaskan Mountain Range in the center of the state. It rises 20,000 feet above sea level and is often cloaked in clouds. On a crisp, clear day you can see Denali from Anchorage. It’s such a beautiful site.
- The Chugach Mountains in the south central region have the highest concentration of glacial ice in Alaska and has some of the highest snowfall levels in the state. One peak, Alyeska, is the site of Alaska’s most popular ski resort. This is also the range that is viewable from our rooftop gardens at Baxter Senior Living so we are extra keen to this beautiful range.
- The Kenai Mountains, in southwestern Alaska offer visitors incredible views of fjords that form where the mountains meet Prince William Sound.
- The Wrangell Mountains, between the Chugach range and St. Elias range, in the southeastern corner, contains several active volcanoes. Each mountain range differs from the next and offers visitors a variety of interesting formations and botanical species.
2 – Alaska Wildlife
With hundreds of thousands of acres of preserved areas and numerous parklands, visitors to the state can enjoy viewing wildlife in a number of different regions of the state. Denali National Park is one of the most popular stops, where travelers can view black bears, grizzly bears, deer, elk, caribou, foxes, Dall sheep, wolverines, as well as hundreds of species of birds. The waters around Alaska team with a variety of marine life such as dolphins, whales, seals, sea lions, sharks and walrus.
As residents know however, we are aware of all of the city wildlife that Anchorage has. A moose, birdwatching and plenty of critters roaming through our trees. You may even be lucky enough to see a regal bald eagle flying high in the sky!
3 – Alaska Glaciers
Each year, thousands of visitors cruise through Alaskan waterways to see the mammoth glaciers that cover various regions of the state. Although most of these glaciers are viewable by water, a few are land-based and can be enjoyed by car. The retreat of these great frozen rivers and will speculate on the amazing turquoise blue colors that emanate on the surface.
4 – Alaska Weather
The Alaskan weather patterns are legendary. During the summer months, temperatures can vary widely from day to day and even during the day, from the low 60s to above 80. In 2019 we had multiple record breaking temperatures in Anchorage. In the summer, you can also experience the endless daylight that lights up summer nights in the state. In the cooler months, daytime temperatures can reach the 50s, but nights can dip into the 30s. In the winter, Alaska becomes a landscape of snow and ice. Most residents are adept at fluctuating with the weather changes between seasons. However, these months are the most quintessential “Alaskan weather”, with temperatures that stay below zero for long periods.
5 – Alaska History
The story of Alaska’s development offers a look into a broad range of cultures and nationalities, from the indigenous people of Alaska who first inhabited the land to the Russian, the British and Americans who came to settle this rugged landscape. The history of trappers, miners, fishermen and entrepreneurs provides a varied tapestry of the many forces that shaped the state into its current form.
Alaska’s indigenous people, who are jointly called Alaska Natives, can be divided into five major groupings: Aleuts, Northern Eskimos (Inupiat), Southern Eskimos (Yuit), Interior Indians (Athabascans) and Southeast Coastal Indians (Tlingit and Haida).
6 – Alaska Waterways
Cruising is an integral part of the Alaskan economy, and many people get the opportunity to travel the coastal regions and inlets that provide a unique glimpse of the Alaskan waters. However, residents by land will see a myriad of mountain-fed streams and rushing rivers, each with its own unique flavor. Along with the unique alpine fjords south of Anchorage, these waterways are a memorable experience for all who live here.
7 – The Alaska Railroad
The Alaska Railroad gives senior residents a great opportunity to see the state without the hassle of driving on the highways. This mode of seeing Alaska is unique and accommodating to seniors providing ramps for boarding and deboarding, elevators within the car, wheelchair accessible, wheelchairs onboard, and crew assistance provided. It’s a great way to see parts of the state with your family and is a great exploration for all ages. Railroad trips provide food, fun and scenery in the comfort of a historical dome coach. The Railroad offers a multitude of day trips either north or south from the Anchorage Train Depot.
8 – Alaskan People
One of the most surprising aspects of a visit to Alaska is its people. You will find young and old, rural and urban, professional and naturalist types almost everywhere you go. The population has found a way to integrate the various groups of people almost seamlessly into its everyday life, with a respect for self-reliance, a reverence for personal freedom and a celebration of the entrepreneurial spirit. If you live within the state, you will get an opportunity to meet and talk with many of the individuals in each of these groups. You will begin to understand the unique character that makes them all “Alaskan.”
Once you’ve experienced Baxter Senior Living Community for yourself, you’ll come to know we pride ourselves on the abundance of choices we offer to our Anchorage assisted living residents. Some will come to us completely independent looking for a community that offers a variety of optional services, while others will move in looking for a full complement of Alaska Assisted Living or Memory Care services.
In most cases, wherever you are at in your retirement journey, Baxter Senior Living will offer an Anchorage senior housing option that helps enrich your life.
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