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By 1772, a Russian settlement at Unalaska was harvesting the prized sea otter pelts throughout the Aleutians. Two years later, Spanish captain Juan Perez reported a Russian presence on Prince of Wales Island. In 1778, on his third and final voyage, British captain James Cook sailed the Resolution up the Southeast Alaskan coast and through Cook Inlet to the site of present-day Anchorage in his unsuccessful attempt to find the Northwest Passage to Europe. To discourage British interest in the region, merchant and head of the Russian-American Company, Grigory Shelikov, established the first permanent Russian community at Three Saints Bay on Kodiak Island in 1784.

Despite the harsh climate, the shallow soils support a diversity of plant life including flowers, berries, and lichen. Musk oxen, hunted to Dall sheep inhabit extinction in Alaska, were reintroduced from Greenland in the 1930s. Qiviut, their soft, warm underhair, is spun into fiber. alpine meadows and steep slopes, fleeing to rocky crags to escape pursuers. These herbivores are rarely found below the timberline. Caribou in Alaska Hoary marmots burrow on alpine slopes and use highpitched whistles as alarm signals.

Although this is celebrated statewide, Nome hosts the quirkiest events, including a Rubber Duck Race and a Bathtub Race. Klondike Trail of ‘98 International Road Relay (early Sep), Skagway to Whitehorse. This demanding relay attracts up to 150 teams of 10 runners each, who race Taking an icy dip in the Polar Bear Jump-Off, Seward A L A S K A T H R O U G H T H E order to gain the favor of Talkeetna’s single men, this competition includes snowmachine driving, wood chopping, and providing a sandwich and beer to a bachelor watching TV.

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