I interviewed my friend Captain Bob Stephens about his luxury yacht and Alaska.
Alaska – 5 Reasons Why Many Call Alaska the Last True Frontier
Many consider Alaska the last true frontier because the rugged climate provides an unspoiled natural landscape backdrop. Like the Wild, Wild West of the 1800’s gold rush days, Alaska promises adventures in an untamed wilderness.
Imagine the hearty residents of Alaska during the winter. These permanent families and individuals call Alaska their home. They share the frontier with bears who hibernate most of the winter, deer who forage and make-do with minimal food until spring thaws, wolves who stalk their prey and take whatever opportunities that present themselves, and various other wild creatures.
Spring into Alaska
Each spring, after an extreme Alaskan winter, the landscape transforms and refreshes like no other state in the union. This annual transformation takes place because of high winds along the shores, snow measuring 3 to 8 feet in depth, and the shortened time-span of the winter sun–which brightens the day with five to six hours of light.
Alaska Flourishes with Tourists and Support Services
In late spring and throughout the summer, Alaska flourishes and becomes a major destination for tourists and those who make their living providing tourist services. Juneau averages six cruise ships a day, which average 2,500 to 3,000 tourists per boat and a crew of 1,500 to 2,000. Add to this the small motor yacht charter fleet of perhaps ten to twelve yachts, which only carry eight to twelve guests plus a crew of four to six.
Unique and Up Close Experience
One can readily see Alaska “up close and personal” for a unique, once in a lifetime experience. The choice to vacation aboard a private yacht charter provides greater nature exposure than any other means of Alaskan sightseeing. The prime window is in late May through the end of August, before the winds begin to howl for the up coming Fall season, which brings dark clouds, torrential rain, and heavy snow as early as October.
Experience Wild Life and Wild Scenery
Picture the beaches, whales, and wild life, and taste the freshness of the salmon — the delicate backbone of the Alaskan fishing industry. Experience the real Alaska and the thrill of fishing for king salmon, halibut, rockfish, crab and shrimp. See eagles soaring the skies above and bears feeding on the countless rocky outcrops and secluded beaches. Witness the extraordinary sight of whales staring and glaciers calving. Feel the warmth of hot springs with serene views of waterfalls surrounding and nature at your fingertips.
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