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Posted: 07/18/19 07:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

All of the places in Alaska worth visiting "are out of the way." That is the whole point of visiting Alaska in the first place. Most people get near Alaska and get nervous and go someplace where they feel safe. That is why cruise ships are so popular. I have worked up there and taken more than 10 trips.

All of my worthwhile experiences in Alaska have been in the bush. Meeting natives smoking fish over a fire. Meeting gold miners. Seeing wolves, wolverines, Dall sheep, moose, mountain goats, 100 bears up close, the Northern Lights, climbing the Golden Stairs, herding salmon with the prop wash on the helicopter. Most people only see Alaska from a distance.

There is a famous saying Up North:
"Los Anchorage is only about 40 minutes from Alaska."

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Forgot to ask. How have the "bugs" been?
We saw all the jokes 3 years ago, about buying mosquito hunting licenses, and so on, but never saw any swarms of them at all. I think we were there late enough that the worst was over. It was late August, early September.
Just curious, as we're thinking of heading up late summer again.


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MDKMDK wrote:

Forgot to ask. How have the "bugs" been?
We saw all the jokes 3 years ago, about buying mosquito hunting licenses, and so on, but never saw any swarms of them at all. I think we were there late enough that the worst was over. It was late August, early September.
Just curious, as we're thinking of heading up late summer again.


FWIW, based on my experience, bugs are always an issue once one is off the beaten (or quasi-beaten path). That being said, this has been (at least in an around Los Anchorage, although I think most of the state) a pretty dry summer. Bugs therefore aren't too bad around roads, campgrounds, etc.....always an exception where there is standing water (mosquitoes) and "blooms" of gnats seem to appear at the strangest times.

...but overall this doesn't seem like a terribly buggy year.


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PA12DRVR wrote:

MDKMDK wrote:

Forgot to ask. How have the "bugs" been?
We saw all the jokes 3 years ago, about buying mosquito hunting licenses, and so on, but never saw any swarms of them at all. I think we were there late enough that the worst was over. It was late August, early September.
Just curious, as we're thinking of heading up late summer again.


FWIW, based on my experience, bugs are always an issue once one is off the beaten (or quasi-beaten path). That being said, this has been (at least in an around Los Anchorage, although I think most of the state) a pretty dry summer. Bugs therefore aren't too bad around roads, campgrounds, etc.....always an exception where there is standing water (mosquitoes) and "blooms" of gnats seem to appear at the strangest times.

...but overall this doesn't seem like a terribly buggy year.


Thanks for the reply and perspective on the overall situation. All makes sense to me. Good news.

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.but overall this doesn't seem like a terribly buggy year.

That's awesome news for me! Hopefully that holds true on Kodiak as well. We fly out in just over two weeks. 5 1/2 days on Kodiak then about 6 1/2 between Anchorage, Homer and Whittier. It's been 2 years in the making (had to cancel last year) and now I am getting nervous that something will go wrong and we'll have to cancel again.


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Haven't been there since 2005 but spent the summer and went anywhere that we wanted. If it is still available get The Alaska Tour Saver book, it around $100 and it's a 2 for 1 deal. We took advantage of it and it really enticed us to do much more touristy things than we may have at twice the price. Saved the price of the book on the first 2 attractions.
Take your time and have fun, whats and extra 200 miles to see something that you may never get back to. Your total trip may be 10,000 miles so whats a few hundred more
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Crowe wrote:

.but overall this doesn't seem like a terribly buggy year.

That's awesome news for me! Hopefully that holds true on Kodiak as well. We fly out in just over two weeks. 5 1/2 days on Kodiak then about 6 1/2 between Anchorage, Homer and Whittier. It's been 2 years in the making (had to cancel last year) and now I am getting nervous that something will go wrong and we'll have to cancel again.


Kodiak has had a bit more moisture than SC Alaska and has not had the record heat (IIRC) that Los Anchorage has....so the bugs might be at par for this year, but much of coastal Kodiak gets sea breezes which really helps.

Anch/Whittier/Homer should have a lower bug incidence than usual...again, at least in the somewhat developed areas: Was out on the boat last weekend out of Seward and pulled nearshore just because and got swarmed with gnats until a breeze took them away. Strange, but I don't think that will be the usual. Of course, it may hit 1-August and start raining everyday..who knows.

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. Of course, it may hit 1-August and start raining everyday..who knows.

Of course it will-I leave 8/3! [emoticon] Been to Kodiak and the weather was interesting. In the town it was 70 and sunny. Drove down to Fossil Beach and we were wearing winter coats! I'm hoping for a few less bugs at least on the mainland. Have bug netting, will travel!

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Go up on Flat Top at Anchorage for the view.Don’t miss Ships Creek to watch Combat Fishing as the locals told me.

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This is OP.
I made it to Homer spit and it was stunning drive regardless smoke and road construction.
But even on Thursday Homer is a ZOO.
100's of RVs, 1000's of cars park everywhere.
Than on 1/4 mile walk on spit tip, we counted about 20 restaurants. All have good number of patrons even before dinner hr.
Will see what that place turn into on Friday night.
If you plan to come here for few days - bring bigger checkbook.
Mosquitos are not a problem here. I still have bites from Washington state.
Than we do have good weather, with 73F today, what I heard is uncommon.





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