I’ve been to Alaska three times and it will always be one of my favorite places in the U.S. Not only is there incredible physical beauty from mountains, glaciers and sea but also an enormous amount of wildlife in relative abundance. Alaska is also demanding in ways few places in the U.S. are, the weather can be demanding even in summer. Wild places in Alaska rarely suffer the unprepared. Tides change quickly on the coast and have left me stranded waiting for tide to come back in within fifteen minutes. Bears, Orcas and people carrying guns roam the wilds in Alaska, so visitor beware! Alaska is a really big place with lots left to explore for science and recreation alike, I hope to spend more time there in the future.