to Offer Postwar Pioneers?
In Alaskan towns there are the usual facilities for recreation
found in cities in the States; movies, bars, soda fountains, restaurants, pool
halls and bowling alleys, and the like. There are a few public libraries and some
excellent museums. Even in remote settlements, movies are usually shown once or
twice a week.
But Alaskas best recreation is found in the talk of
Alaskans and the out-of-doors. When these can be combined, as on a hunting or
fishing trip with one of the Territorys registered professional guides,
there is no better fun anywhere. Alaskans are renowned as tellers of tall tales
at the expense of the chechako (tenderfoot).
Dont accuse an Alaskan
of exaggerating when he talks fishing and hunting, however. The size and gaminess
of the fish, the variety of sport available to huntsmen, surpass the yarns of
the most venerable member of the Liars Bench.
Game animals include
the numerous caribou, the wild mountain sheep and goat, the giant Alaskan moose,
the black, brown, and grizzly bear, the fierce Kodiak meat-eating bear, the gentle
Sitka deer. Game birds include a great variety and abundance of duck, geese, and
grouse. Among the game fish are huge trout and salmon.
Hunting with the
camera instead of the gun is growing in popularity. Alaska offers a magnificent
field for photographers and artists.
Religious and Social Life