Wasilla Travel Blog› entry 2 of 38 › view all entries
I worked about a week in the hangar outside of Wasilla, getting familiarized with company procedures, policies, and paperwork. Wasilla is about an hour drive from Anchorage. Most of my prior experience had been farther north, beyond Fairbanks, so it's nice to see new country. This south-central part of the state is snow-covered and its many woodland lakes, rivers, and creeks, still frozen. Spectacular mountains soar into clear blue skies above the Matanuska Valley. Virgin snow and warm sunshine make for a fine spring; the best of both worlds. I was surprised that on my arrival, April 4th, it was warmer here than in the U.P.
Alaska, like the United States itself, is a melting pot of people from all over the country and the world. I caught up with my cousin Roger and spent my weekend off out at his cabin 25 miles up the road in Willow Creek. He has built numerous log cabins over the years - with his own hands from trees off his own land - and is very good at it. Roger, also originally from upper Michigan, had been up here for more than thirty years and is a true Alaskan now.