Thanks, lleechef, for the info.
We have been to Alaska several times in the last few years and never failed to enjoy our trip or to see something new. Also have had some fabulous seafood in Anchorage.
Only had ONE bad experience and that was at a Tesoro (did I get that right??) gas station. I guess I lost my credit card there and someone found it and ran up a bunch of charges . . . but, of course that can happen ANYWHERE!
Whatever, in many ways you are lucky to live in such a beautiful place. If I could take the winters, I might join you guys [;)]