Monday, August 9, 2010
Our Alaskan Adventure
reindeer farm. We learned that caribou and reindeer are basically the same creatures; one's just domesticated (like horse v. mustang, I guess). Did you know that the males, females, and babies all grow antlers during the summer? The only thing that grows faster is bamboo. The antlers have a blood supply so it's a way for them to cool down in the summer.
musk ox farm. Musk ox are like prehistoric goats. They comb them once a year to get their qiviut. The wool/hair gets spun and then sent is to the Oomingmak Knitters Coop which knit these freakishly warm scarves, hats, smoke rings (nachaqs), and if you are really feeling wealthy, a blanket (it costs $10,000 to commission!).
Earthquake Park and Kincaid Park (where we saw the moose). Earthquake Park is where the Good Friday earthquake of 1964 is commemorated. Hello... a magnitude 9.2 earthquake!!! Freaky stuff for someone like me who does not care one bit for the earth moving.
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