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Aug 14, 2009

Our Man In Alaska:
Episode Three: Mosquitoes.

There is a joke in Alaska that the state bird is actually the mosquito. The funniest part of the joke is that we’re not joking when we say that.

Many people fantasize about what life would be like way up in the forests and mountains and tundra of the Arctic wilderness. But few will ever actually convince themselves to give it a try. If you have ever wondered what it takes to make it in the Greatland take a listen to these short episodes and you will start to get a picture of it.

Basil Sands was born right in the middle of the Alaskan Frontier on a hot summer day in 1968 and now he’s here to tell you all about it. Alaska that is, not his birth…his mother was rather adamant about keeping that bit private. Over the course of these episodes you will learn about the real life and the people of Alaska. Some of the stories are his own experiences. Some as told by friends and family. And some from the early days as told by his pioneer Grandfather who was one of the first civilians to drive up the Alaska/Canada highway in 1946. Most all of the stories are mostly all true, although some names have been changed so Basil doesn’t get into any trouble, since most of his neighbors are very well armed.

Episode One: A typical day at -65
Episode Two:   Moving my family to the wilderness
Episode Three: Mosquitoes
Episode Four:  Grocery Hunting in the Modern Age
Episode Five:  The Nanny. Every kid needs someone to watch over them.
Episode Six:   Brothers on the Frontier.

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Our interview with
Basil Sands

Why not visit Basil web site and listen to his great free audio books
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Track: Hagagatan 14
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Artist: Eternal Jazz Project
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Album: Acoustic Earth - Electric Sky
Track: Angel
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