|Alaska, "The Last (American) Frontier" is the largest of the 50 United States of America with more than 1,720,000 km2 of land. Running north to south, Alaska is 1300 km "tall," and east to west is 2380 km "wide." It is so big that if it was cut in half, it would be the first and second largest states. Despite being so large, Alaska has only 626,000 inhabitants.
Denali (Mt. McKinley) is North America's highest point at 6194 meters in height. Alaska is also a land of weather extremes, with a record low temperature of -62° C (recorded at Prospect Creek near Coldfood, a few kilometers north of the Arctic Circle) and a record high temperature of 38° C (recorded at Fort Yukon, 13 km north of Arctic Circle). Alaska's and Hawaii's record high temperature is the same!
Alaska's geography includes 55,000 km of coastline, dozens of mountain ranges, thousands of glaciers covering 41,000 km2, 3.5 million lakes larger than 8 ha, temperate rain forests, arctic tundra, marshes, and permafrost.
Alaska has been inhabited since prehistoric times by several Alaska Native groups. In 1741, Vitus Bering led a Russian expedition of exploration and claimed Alaska for Russia. During the following decades, there was extensive harvesting of sea otter pelts and Russia established a capital in Sitka, Alaska. The United States of America bought Alaska from Russia in 1867 for $7.2 million in a deal later called "Seward's Folly" because many Americans did not understand the great wealth of natural resources waiting to be discovered. Today, most of Alaska's wealth comes from oil, mining, fishing, and tourism.
Most Alaskans enjoy 24 hours of daylight during the summer months because the state is so far north. Of course, that means there are many long hours of darkness in the winter, but we compensate by putting lights on our cross-country and downhill ski trails. We also need the long winter nights to recover from playing so hard during the long summer "white nights."
The International Geocache Exchange. What is it?
The "A Piece of Alaska in Portugal"cache is part of an international geocache exchange project.
The idea to exchange geocaches internationally was popularized in this thread in the geocaching.com forum. You might also like to see the Nordic thread.
An international geocache exchange involves the exchange of a new, fully prepared geocache with a geocacher from a different country. The caches are filled with items unique to each cacher's individual locale. Once an exchange has occurred, each geocacher has the other person's geocache to hide as their own. Both cachers' names are listed in the 'hidden by' section.
Bargao_Henriques and the Ladybug Kids met through geocaching when they were partners for the "Devils in Danger" game. We successfully completed both challenges and won a set of geocoins in the drawing at the conclusion of the game. Now, we have placed "A Piece of Portugal in Alaska (GC1050Z)" and "A Piece of Alaska in Portugal (GC15TAE)."
We hope you enjoy searching for our caches!