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post #11 of 63 Old 12-23-2017, 03:00 PM
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It amazes me, the crap people think is worth worrying about. Alaska is no more dangerous for a tourist than any other place in America. It's an incredible place to visit, just go.

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My big bucket list trip was DeadHorse,Alaska. As far as you can go by road in NA..In 012 four of us on Stroms with no chase and all camp gear and lots of food did it. We made camp every night but one.In DeadHorse too many bear alerts and no camping by law that night. If locals had not told us where to find gas would have not found it. Such a dirty cold place.28 degrees and snow first week end in June!
Gas was at a card only place.Bear proof medal covers over the wall pumps. You went in ran your card pump gas and put cover back down make sure door closed and leave.
Some so great views but cold and in hind site the number of bears seen was so many more than I ever would have guessed! Not just black bears like lots of the lower 48 but all kinds and big! In hind site thats the reason I do not want to go back.Too cold and way,way too many bears.Half our camp was just get off road out of site,look for bears,then set up tents. looks cold because it is!
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Colorado is my pick of states rode and camped in so far. You don't see many bears at all next to Alaska and views were really good the eight day trip at it. So many nice parks and with SR. cards about all free with the pass.
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You've probably described the reason I wouldn't be into an Alaska trip, and it's not marauding bears or meth maniacs. My "comfort filter" is probably set too high to camp out when it's 28 degrees in June. Uncle Sam sent me to Germany back in the 80's, and I lost my taste for winter time campouts during a particularly miserable Reforger.
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I suspect that with regard to crime, Alaska is like Canada's arctic territories. They have the highest crime rates in Canada. But the vast majority of it is booze, drugs, domestic violence or fights between "friends", and some theft. It has so much to do with how we treated our aboriginal people over the last century; long story, but we screwed them up bigtime, and the dysfunction gets passed on down the generations.

Anyhow, my point is, while I've never been to Alaska and can't speak for it, if it's anything like Canada's north, you as a visitor have very little to worry about re crime. Take standard precautions you'd take anywhere, don't get so drunk or stoned you can't pay attention to what's going on, don't go out of your way to piss off any locals, and you'll be fine.

Source: I lived in Yellowknife NT 1971-2001, travelled all over Canada's north, and my dad was chief judge for the NWT Territorial Court for years and we learned lots about things from his work and his stories.
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When people watch programs like that on TV all they show is the bad stuff...It's like watching Air Disasters on TV just before a flight on a Airliner, you know it's going to crash...

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I suspect that with regard to crime, Alaska is like Canada's arctic territories. They have the highest crime rates in Canada. But the vast majority of it is booze, drugs, domestic violence or fights between "friends", and some theft. It has so much to do with how we treated our aboriginal people over the last century; long story, but we screwed them up bigtime, and the dysfunction gets passed on down the generations.
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The one night we stayed inside in three and a half weeks was in one of two places in DeadHorse. It was a big place. About everyone in DeadHorse is working for pipe line or some other big out fit and they pay the bill for about everything. Price for one little room with what looked to be two old bunk beds took down and about three feet from each other. No water, rest room,TV, and only elc was one bare light with a pull chain.You went down a long hall to more like a nice KOA showers,rest rooms,and plug in to shave ,charge a phone etc. $110 each if two in the room. So dirty out side a large box? Big as a freezer cardboard box as you got pass first door to the second that you pay before going in. The box had the hospital type shoe covers that you put on to walk to your room where you put on clean shoes or clean the ones on before walking any where.
Best thing was the great place to eat.Clean,great food,and all free with the room!They even let you take a sack lunch with you. It was open 24/7 and we pig out big time and I took all cans of juice with me as thought I need this after this long trip.After the room money paid we told the nice lady we need to take the stuff off our bikes in. As I was taking stuff off a guy coming out to work I guess told me. "No need to take all that in! That long road in was the only one and only way out! Bears don't come here with all the in and out 24/7."So I just took what I needed that night and a clean change.
The room was top floor and between the two beds was a orange rope with a big knot about every foot and all in a pile. It was the fire rope. If a fire throw out the window and go down.With the big snow drift at bottom floor think we could have done fine with just a jump in to it!
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"Uncle Sam sent me to Germany back in the 80'"

I was in Ludwigsburg back in the late 60's. When they called an alert and the troops left for the field I was hiding in my office all nice and warm.
The post was quite pleasant with the skeleton crew! Neener, neener!
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