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Today’s Top Stories with Mark Jackson | Alaska Travel Tales Part 2

January 9, 2019 Top Stories with Mark Jackson | Alaska Travel Tales Part 2 with Pat Smiles

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Today’s Top Stories: 

  1. Pompeo Middle East Visit (0:15)
  2. IRS Tax Refunds (1:33)
  3. US-China Talks Continue (2:10)
  4. EU Diplomats Downgraded (2:48)
  5. College Football National Title (3:38)

Today’s quote is from Thomas Jefferson: (4:28)

“I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.”

Story of the Day: (5:00)

Hello, everyone, this is Pat Smiles. Today we are back on the trail to Alaska.

Here is a summary of the show….

There are some key times to visit Alaska and some very unique and special events.

In the summer there is the 4th of July Marathon in the coastal city of Seward. This is a small town of maybe a couple thousand. It is the home of the famous Kenai Fjords Tours. A must to anyone visiting the town. Boat tours will take you to up close and personal whale watching, you’ll watch sea otters that play right in the bay, bald eagles everywhere, whole cliffs of puffins that are some of the funniest birds you’ll ever encounter, seals etc,  

The town of Seward has a huge parade and a marathon that allows teams according to age and gender to go straight up a steep mountain trail and then back down –sliding usually as it is very steep. Not for the faint of heart or any heart problems for that matter. Looks grueling.

There are summer festivals in the cities of Girdwood and Eagle River and don’t miss the famous Saturday Market in Anchorage, music, special Alaskan food, artifacts, and souvenirs.

In Anchorage there are free trolley rides around the city, helicopter rides to see the glacier, great restaurants, shops etc.

My favorite events though are unfortunately not in the summer but in March. This is the Great Fur Rondy and a week later The Iditarod Dogsled race from Anchorage to Nome Alaska. The Iditarod or “The Last Great Race” is a test of skill and endurance like no other.  It leaves from the middle of downtown Anchorage as its ceremonial start and then from Wasilla it begins. It is a little over 1000 miles to where the race finishes in Nome, on the western Bering Sea Coast.


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