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    Moose

    by frankcanfly Written Sep 3, 2003

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    They are nice to look at, but every year several people in the Anchorage area get mauled by adult moose.

    If you see one with it's ears lowered, it means that it is annoyed with you. You should beware.

    If you see that it's ears are raised, it is still curious. Don't push it.

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    Gaining access to the military bases

    by spintobecca Written Mar 10, 2003

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    There are two military bases in Anchorage, Ft. Richardson and Ft. Elmendorf. To gain acess to the bases you must have one of the sets of the following items:

    1. Military ID with offical window decal
    2. Military ID with temporary pass
    3. Other ID with a crapload of paperwork

    The only way to access the base without option #1 is to use the Boniface gate (pictured) which you can access from the airport via the following directions:
    From Anchorage International Airport to Boniface Gate (main gate).
    Depart Airport you will be on West International Airport Road.
    Travel 2.9 miles to C Street, turn left
    Travel .8 mile to 38th Avenue. Road splits you will be on A street, which is a one way street.
    Travel 2.2 miles to 6th Avenue and A Street (6th Avenue is also called the Glenn Highway) turn right on 6th Avenue
    Travel 3.6 miles to Boniface Parkway and Elmendorf AFB exit.
    Travel exit, which is .2 miles.
    At stoplight turn left travel .5 miles to Boniface Gate.
    Travel .7 miles (merging to your right) at second stop light turn right.
    Travel .7 miles to DRMO, which will be on your right.
    Turn right, Administration Building is straight ahead.

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    Anchorage Drivers are Discourteous

    by spintobecca Written Feb 27, 2003

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    If you plan on driving in Anchorage, expect to be tailgated, honked at, cut-off and shouted at. People here are in such a hurry to get on with their "Important Alaskan Life" that they will stop at nothing to get one car-length ahead. Oh yeah- and many of us are armed. So it's a Texas meets New York type of thing out there on the roads!

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    WINTER: Roads after a new fallen snow

    by spintobecca Written Jan 22, 2003

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    It snows often in Anchorage in the winter months. Due to this natural occurance, the city is very slow about getting snow off the roads. Even after 24 hours after a fresh snow, expect main city streets to be hell.

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    You must not carry drink...

    by EdinburghRoc Updated Oct 1, 2002

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    You must not carry drink except in a brown bag. Okay any bag will do but it can't be seen. So don't try to drink it. They may ask your date of birth when trying to buy and if the staff are too young they may need to get someone else to serve you.
    To us Europeans and I from Edinburgh strange indeed.
    Where I'm so used to seeing people drink at tables on the pavement.

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    Leave your guns at the door.

    by kaloz Written Sep 13, 2002

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    Much of Alaska is wilderness, and people hunt and fish. But we don't take our guns with us when we go to fancy eating places, or to the opry with the missus. So leave yours at home too, I know, you just wanted to see if you could sheek it by them fellers at the airport, didn't ya?

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    The wildlife in Alaska is wild...

    by victorwkf Written Sep 7, 2002

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    The wildlife in Alaska is wild as the word suggests and sometimes you can see wild animals roaming in the suburbs of Anchorage. Do be careful and never provoke the animals, especially with the larger ones eg moose, bears, caribou etc and get advice from the natives on what to do when you encounter them. Just remember that everything in Alaska is as real as it can get, so do watch out and try to view the animals from a safe distance !

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    Support the natives by buying crafts

    by kaloz Written Sep 13, 2002

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    Do not give money to the pan-handlers! This is a big problem in Anchorage. Some of these moochers are just trying to get drinking money. Support the natives of Alaska by buying their crafts which are well made and a great keepsake of our state. This picture is a play on words for an American idiom of where you don't want to be especially without a paddle.

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    GINZA Restuarant (712 W. 4th...

    by seth0919 Written Aug 26, 2002

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    GINZA Restuarant (712 W. 4th Ave) is probably the worst food I've ever eaten in my entire life! Both Sam and I were sickened by our meals (neither of us finished them) and then when we met some locals and told them of our meal, the locals told us that they never at Ginza, it's gross!

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    Bugs

    by greg_ocean Updated Aug 13, 2004

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    Depending on the time of year, and where you're going. You might want to bring some deet ... lots of deet... 95+% deet.

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    Earthquakes

    by frankcanfly Written Sep 3, 2003

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    Here, you are in the Pacific "Ring of Fire". Earthquakes do occur.

    Here's a photo of 4th street in Anchorage after the Good Friday earthquake in 1964

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    Mushrooms

    by frankcanfly Updated Sep 3, 2003

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    I saw these little fellers all over the place. Remembering my lessons as a child, I knew not to touch or eat these......

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    Thieves even in Alaska

    by spintobecca Written Apr 1, 2003

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    Please lock your car and hide valuables when out enjoying the beauty of Alaska, there are even thieves among us!

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