Despite the hassle and inevitable questions about Sarah Palin, having summer visitors in Alaska has one really big advantage. It forces us to look with new eyes at the beauty and wilderness and adventure that surrounds us and participate in some of the activities that bring us closer to our land than we usually are during out routine 9 to 5 existence. I’m going to go canoeing and climb on a glacier and wander around a water fall and make a trek to Fairbanks (despite my strong feelings about their mosquitoes and heat!). I’m getting to discover yet another part of this great state that I hadn’t experienced yet. AND… I get to go to the Whale Fat Follies. I mean, does it get much better than that?