Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest

5 Things Alaskans Never Say

Jump To section

Alaska comes with tons of stereotypes, maybe thanks to its current place in popular culture. But one of the wonderful things about being totally new to a place that has such a distinct culture is that you can clearly see all the differences between this new place and all the other parts of America you’ve already called “home.”

While we’ve been here I’ve noticed that there are some things that I expected to hear  — but no Alaskan ever has said to me even one time.

So what are they?

5 Things Alaskans Never Say

1. “This was so well organized.” Behold, the magic of “Alaskan Time.” Do not confuse this with “Alaska Time,” which is a time zone. “Alaskan Time” is a state of mind, and when you live with it, you’re neither organized nor disorganized — you just are in a state of fluid living where you are just super happy to be alive, hanging out on the last frontier, doing you’re thing. You’re too busy living life to worry about stuff like lateness and organization.

You’re never actually really late. But you’re also not super into details. And you’re definitely not into planning things far in advance. That’s cool, though, because you’re on Alaskan Time, which is totally a thing.

2. “Just wait until the winter.” Many, many people have said this to me. Exactly zero of them currently live in Alaska. That’s because people in Alaska just roll with stuff. It’s 60 degrees and you’re chilly? Whatever. It’s going to be 30 degrees later? It’ll be fine.

3. “Don’t do ___ because there are too many bears.” Wildlife is a way of life here. No one cares that there are bears. Be smart, be safe, but you don’t let the bears keep you at home.

4. “Keep your shoes on.” People in Alaska take their shoes off in their homes … and sometimes in their businesses, too. They expect visitors to do the same. There’s a pretty good reason behind this custom: with so much crazy weather, keeping the dirt out of the house is just the best way to go.

I think this practice makes sense for a home. But when I was asked to remove my shoes (and go barefoot) at the eyebrow place, though …

5. “Sarah Palin.” I don’t mean anything specific — I mean the name at all. I have heard absolutely no one in Alaska talk about Sarah Palin. No one. We even live in the Palin’s hometown. It’s as if they don’t exist. Also, while we’re on the subject: I’ve yet to hear an Alaskan say “You betcha.”

4 Responses

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

FOLLOW US

Jump To section

Categories

FEATURED POSTS

Humans Outside Instagram

How does spending at least 20 consecutive minutes outside every single day since Sept. 1, 2017 change your life? 

We’re on a mission to find out.

Did I run 11 miles (while the kids cruised on bike Did I run 11 miles (while the kids cruised on bikes) to justify this delicious ice cream bar? Yes, yes I did. Not sorry. #humansoutside365

Did I run 11 miles (while the kids cruised on bikes) to justify this delicious ice cream bar? Yes, yes I did. Not sorry. #humansoutside365 ...

An active and healthy 22-year-old, Craig Vaream wa An active and healthy 22-year-old, Craig Vaream was still living with his parents and getting ready for his first job out of college in 1991 when he started feeling off one day. The problem got worse over time -- he was extremely thirsty and couldnt keep up his energy while playing sports with friends. He went to the doctor and discovered that he had developed type 1 diabetes -- and his life changed forever. ‍ Unlike type 2 diabetes which can be largely regulated by diet, Type 1 Diabetes occurs when your pancreas stops producing insulin correctly. Insulin is a hormone which allows your body to process sugar to produce energy. There is no cure, and it requires near constant monitoring to make sure your blood sugar is maintained correctly. 25 million people in the US have Type 1 Diabetes. ‍ Like any chronic disease, learning how to manage it is a constant battle. It’s easy to think that it might limit you. But then for someone like Craig Vaream, there’s another option: proving that it doesnt have to be that way and heading outside to conquer big things anyway. ‍ Episode 38: How Type 1 Diabetes Inspired Him to Move (Craig Vaream) ‍ Listen to the new episode, dropping today! Click on the link in our bio or download the podcast from Itunes, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe today, so you never miss an episode! ‍ #podcastguest #podcast #humansoutside365 #getoutside #trailrun #type1diabetes #jdrf #hiking #outdoors #getoutside #running #fitfam #fitness #runnersofinstagram #wellness #healthylifestyle #t1d #t1dstrong

An active and healthy 22-year-old, Craig Vaream was still living with his parents and getting ready for his first job out of college in 1991 when he started feeling off one day. The problem got worse over time -- he was extremely thirsty and couldnt keep up his energy while playing sports with friends. He went to the doctor and discovered that he had developed type 1 diabetes -- and his life changed forever.

Unlike type 2 diabetes which can be largely regulated by diet, Type 1 Diabetes occurs when your pancreas stops producing insulin correctly. Insulin is a hormone which allows your body to process sugar to produce energy. There is no cure, and it requires near constant monitoring to make sure your blood sugar is maintained correctly. 25 million people in the US have Type 1 Diabetes.

Like any chronic disease, learning how to manage it is a constant battle. It’s easy to think that it might limit you. But then for someone like Craig Vaream, there’s another option: proving that it doesnt have to be that way and heading outside to conquer big things anyway.

Episode 38: How Type 1 Diabetes Inspired Him to Move (Craig Vaream)

Listen to the new episode, dropping today! Click on the link in our bio or download the podcast from Itunes, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe today, so you never miss an episode!

#podcastguest #podcast #humansoutside365 #getoutside #trailrun #type1diabetes #jdrf #hiking #outdoors #getoutside #running #fitfam #fitness #runnersofinstagram #wellness #healthylifestyle #t1d #t1dstrong
...

On #worldrunningday how could we not run?? Thought On #worldrunningday how could we not run?? Thought a lot today about those who can’t run - the fallen - and those who aren’t safe to run -#runwithmaud - our movement can honor more than one group of people. It’s intent that matters. #humansoutside365

On #worldrunningday how could we not run?? Thought a lot today about those who can’t run - the fallen - and those who aren’t safe to run -#runwithmaud - our movement can honor more than one group of people. It’s intent that matters. #humansoutside365 ...

What if going outside isn’t just your inspiratio What if going outside isn’t just your inspiration, but also the inspiration you share with others? When Nailah Blades Wylie looked at her life as a marketer and communicator, she knew she wasn’t happy in her job, and that one thing did make her happy and inspired -- spending time outside. ‍ And so she founded @wecoloroutside , a coaching and community building company that takes women of color outside to explore and build both themselves and their business goals. ‍ This inspirational interview with Nailah Blades Wylie is sure to leave you ready to conquer your own challenges both in and out of the office. ‍ Episode 26 of Humans Outside: Heading Outdoors to Conquer Challenges Indoors (Nailah Blades). ‍ Click on the link in our bio or download the podcast from Itunes, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe today, so you never miss an episode! ‍ #podcastguest #podcast #humansoutside365 #getoutside #trailrun #hiking #outdoors #getoutside #running #fitfam #fitness #coloroutside #inspiration #conquer #challenges #wecoloroutside #nailahblades

What if going outside isn’t just your inspiration, but also the inspiration you share with others? When Nailah Blades Wylie looked at her life as a marketer and communicator, she knew she wasn’t happy in her job, and that one thing did make her happy and inspired -- spending time outside.

And so she founded @wecoloroutside , a coaching and community building company that takes women of color outside to explore and build both themselves and their business goals.

This inspirational interview with Nailah Blades Wylie is sure to leave you ready to conquer your own challenges both in and out of the office.

Episode 26 of Humans Outside: Heading Outdoors to Conquer Challenges Indoors (Nailah Blades).

Click on the link in our bio or download the podcast from Itunes, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe today, so you never miss an episode! ‍
#podcastguest #podcast #humansoutside365 #getoutside #trailrun #hiking #outdoors #getoutside #running #fitfam #fitness #coloroutside #inspiration #conquer #challenges #wecoloroutside #nailahblades
...

(June 2) Those sunny day track workout vibes! I sp (June 2) Those sunny day track workout vibes! I spent a gorgeous few hours outside running, taking calls and running some more. All outside time counts. Never think it doesn’t! #humansoutside365

(June 2) Those sunny day track workout vibes! I spent a gorgeous few hours outside running, taking calls and running some more. All outside time counts. Never think it doesn’t! #humansoutside365 ...

Outdoor Diary: Let Justice Be Your Outdoor Inspira Outdoor Diary: Let Justice Be Your Outdoor Inspiration. ‍ As we confront racial injustice in our world, Amy reflects in this week’s outdoor diary on both her privilege and those providing inspiration as they fight injustice. ‍ Click on link in bio to listen to the podcast (you can find Humans Outside on @Itunes, Google Podcasts, @Stitcher, or whether you get your podcasts). We encourage you to head over to @wecoloroutside @theconsciouskid @camping_in_color @blackoutdooradventurers #humansoutside365 #standup #outdoordiary #humansoutside #outside365 #trailrun #alaskalife #hiking #outdoors #podcast #itunes #googlepodcasts #flag #letthestonescryout

Outdoor Diary: Let Justice Be Your Outdoor Inspiration.

As we confront racial injustice in our world, Amy reflects in this week’s outdoor diary on both her privilege and those providing inspiration as they fight injustice.

Click on link in bio to listen to the podcast (you can find Humans Outside on @Itunes, Google Podcasts, @Stitcher, or whether you get your podcasts). We encourage you to head over to @wecoloroutside @theconsciouskid @camping_in_color @blackoutdooradventurers
#humansoutside365 #standup
#outdoordiary #humansoutside #outside365 #trailrun #alaskalife #hiking #outdoors #podcast #itunes #googlepodcasts #flag #letthestonescryout
...

#blackouttuesday #blackouttuesday

#blackouttuesday ...

Oh Alaska, you don’t disappoint. Even on days wi Oh Alaska, you don’t disappoint. Even on days with imperfect weather and wind, you’re magnificent. And I’m grateful to be here. #humansoutside365

Oh Alaska, you don’t disappoint. Even on days with imperfect weather and wind, you’re magnificent. And I’m grateful to be here. #humansoutside365 ...

Look at these gorgeous mountains .... or maybe jus Look at these gorgeous mountains .... or maybe just imagine them. A rainy day has since turned into a sunny evening, but not until AFTER my 10 mile run in the rain. You win some .... I spent most of the weekend sitting in front of the computer in grad school class. And then I just had to get the movement out, so I logged 5 before class and 10 after. ... and ended the month with just under 243 miles run. That’s almost 100 miles more than my previous longest month last July. I would like a snack now 😂 #humansoutside365

Look at these gorgeous mountains .... or maybe just imagine them. A rainy day has since turned into a sunny evening, but not until AFTER my 10 mile run in the rain. You win some .... I spent most of the weekend sitting in front of the computer in grad school class. And then I just had to get the movement out, so I logged 5 before class and 10 after. ... and ended the month with just under 243 miles run. That’s almost 100 miles more than my previous longest month last July. I would like a snack now 😂 #humansoutside365 ...

JOIN OUR TRIBE

THE HUMANS OUTSIDE NEWSLETTER

Keep up with the latest podcast episodes, resources and announcements