Alaskans refer to the contiguous United States commonly as the “Lower 48.” It’s not offensive, just practical. Refer to a map and Alaska is above 48 of the 50 US states that are squeezed between the Pacific and Atlantic. But the term also carries with it a wildness. An out-there-ness of understanding occupants of the 48 states on the mainland cannot understand. And while Hawaii deals with isolation from the rest of the country too, Alaska has a certain up-there-ness, in geographic terms, that exposes it to harsh climates of mother nature worthy of the moniker the last frontier. But in that wild, as it were, peace can be found. Glassy waterways with snow powdered peaks can, apparently, be surfed from time to time. Let Kris Swanson demonstrate.
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