"The Yukon is the place for us! That's where we want to live. Up there, we'll get to yell and cuss, and act real primitive" — Calvin & Hobbes, "The Yukon Song"
"This is not flippin' easy." — Sarah Palin
If you're in Alaska, there's a reason you're in Alaska. It's not a destination; it's a conclusion. Much of the state is only accessible via single-engine bush plane, geriatric cruise, or umiak. The Great Alaska Highway slashes north or south, offering two options: flee to Canada and the lower 48 or vanish to the end of the earth — a Stone Age midnight of polar bears, Eskimos, and glaciers melting into the Arctic Ocean. This is Texas in the tundra, thickly mythologized and a permanent frontier. Alaska is four times the size of California with a population comparable to Fresno. Each of its 600,000 residents receive a yearly dividend from the Alaska Permanent Fund, ranging from $500 to $4,000, depending on the price of petroleum and the population flux.
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