ABC News. Good news: the hikers who were lost in the Denali National Park and Reserve for days were found safe and sound. Bad news… some of the comments…
Comment left after the story:
For perspective, let’s revisit a really old joke concerning Alaska in general:
One day a Texan was complaining about Alaska being admitted into the Union because now Texas was no longer the biggest state. Only this time an Alaskan was listening to his whining.
So the Alaskan shrugged and said to the Texan, “Well, I guess we could divide Alaska into two. Oh wait, that would mean Texas would be the THIRD biggest state.”
Now, let’s do a little comparison, shall we? Pay attention class!
Denali National Park and Preserve:
Said to be above 6,000,000 acres and “over 9,419 square miles in size”. (National Park Service)
States (approximate land area. Does not include water area):
Rhode Island: 1,045 sq. mi.
Delaware: 1,954 sq. mi.
Connecticut: 4,845 sq. mi.
Hawaii: 6,423 sq. mi.
New Jersey: 7418 sq. mi.
Massachusetts: 7,840 sq. mi.
New Hampshire: 8969 sq. mi.
Vermont: 9250 sq. mi.
So, a fence through rugged wild Alaskan terrain around an area larger than several states. Oh yeah, that makes sense. And who would pay for that? Who would DO it??? I can just hear the mosquito’s warming up their wings in gleeful anticipation for the feast accompanying the incoming construction crews. We won’t even mention the nightmare of keeping something that long maintained.
That comment just tickled my funny bone. At least this was better than a comment about what were these women doing hiking around in such a wild place “in another country”! I have stories around that idea. Really, really sad true stories.