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Old 06-26-2017, 12:56 AM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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May 1994 I drove into a national park in the Kenai Peninsula. Stopped into the tourist booth and picked up some pamphlets.

Just inside the park was small lake surrounded by boardwalk. I walked in expecting to enjoy the nature and ended up sprinting out. I used the pamphlets to swat the skeeters chewing on my legs, arms, and hands. The buzzing in my ears drove me nuts. I recall there were 4 biting the back of my left hand, and 5 feasting on my right.

By the time I was out the pamphlets were unreadable due to the beating they took and spotted bloodstains.

Got back in the vehicle, drove further away and spotted a moose nearby, magnificent.

Totally worth it.
Years ago when I used to travel to Los Anchorage, on the way back to Fairbanks I stopped off the road to a little public rest stop (maybe a State park?), just past the Denali Park area. I remember that there was a creek there. Anyway, my truck had a topper that had window screens. I stopped there with my kids to eat some sandwiches, and rest a little. We get out of the truck, and almost immediately a swarm of dark-color flies that looked like horse flies started chasing after us. I cut some spruce branches, handed some to my kids, and we all began swinging at the flies. We had to run back to the truck and leave the place, because I knew that I could not keep the darn biting flies away when going from the topper to the front of the truck. I never stopped at the place again ever since. But then, the closest I have been in Anchorage for the past 30 years is the airport terminal when air-traveling to Seattle
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Old 06-26-2017, 11:52 AM
 
Location: In the middle of nowhere
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Hasn't been too bad this summer. hot and dry.
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Old 06-26-2017, 02:32 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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Los Anchorage....love that!
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Old 06-27-2017, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Back and Beyond
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But then, the closest I have been in Anchorage for the past 30 years is the airport terminal when air-traveling to Seattle
This is pretty impressive. 30 years without visiting anchorage should get you some sort of hardcore Alaskan award . I hate anchorage as much as the next guy, but average about one trip a year there unfortunately. After one day, I've had my fill, got whatever I needed from there, and I'm good for another year. Living in the interior it's easy to forget that there's a giant mass of a city down there.

As to the OP, agree with the others that's it's very location specific when it comes to Mosquitos. Where I live it's pretty dry and the Mosquitos are relatively mild. Go 10 miles down the road next to a lake and the Mosquitos will be overwhelming. I eat two sweet onions a day and the Mosquitos don't bother me. I'm not sure what the sweet onions have to do with it, just a theory I have that Mosquitos don't like them, plus they taste really good.
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Old 06-27-2017, 03:30 PM
 
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This is pretty impressive. 30 years without visiting anchorage should get you some sort of hardcore Alaskan award . I hate anchorage as much as the next guy, but average about one trip a year there unfortunately. After one day, I've had my fill, got whatever I needed from there, and I'm good for another year. Living in the interior it's easy to forget that there's a giant mass of a city down there.

As to the OP, agree with the others that's it's very location specific when it comes to Mosquitos. Where I live it's pretty dry and the Mosquitos are relatively mild. Go 10 miles down the road next to a lake and the Mosquitos will be overwhelming. I eat two sweet onions a day and the Mosquitos don't bother me. I'm not sure what the sweet onions have to do with it, just a theory I have that Mosquitos don't like them, plus they taste really good.
When I was in the Marines, we'd eat garlic cloves or garlic pills. Seemed to work as well. When I'm camping up here, I enjoy sitting in front of a smiley campfire. It really helps with the bugs. I still wear deet, but don't have to apply a t nearly as much when I have that smoke smell.
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Old 06-27-2017, 10:16 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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This is pretty impressive. 30 years without visiting anchorage should get you some sort of hardcore Alaskan award . I hate anchorage as much as the next guy, but average about one trip a year there unfortunately. After one day, I've had my fill, got whatever I needed from there, and I'm good for another year. Living in the interior it's easy to forget that there's a giant mass of a city down there.

As to the OP, agree with the others that's it's very location specific when it comes to Mosquitos. Where I live it's pretty dry and the Mosquitos are relatively mild. Go 10 miles down the road next to a lake and the Mosquitos will be overwhelming. I eat two sweet onions a day and the Mosquitos don't bother me. I'm not sure what the sweet onions have to do with it, just a theory I have that Mosquitos don't like them, plus they taste really good.
Agree with you about Anchorage versus the interior. I lived in Anchorage around 1979-82. Back then it was not as populated, and hardly any crime as far as I knew. I miss the mountains right close, but don't miss the crowds, crime, and the rest. What I do now is to drive toward Summit Lake, or the Steese past Chatanika, or just the Elliott. Lots of wildlife to take photos of, plus quite scenic.
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Old 06-27-2017, 11:44 PM
 
Location: Interior Alaska
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Guess I won't complain about $2.55 in Wasilla.
Geez, really? It was $2.9X in Fairbanks today. Dang.

Speaking of the price of gas, seems like the price of oil might take a nosedive again. We'll see.
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Old 06-30-2017, 12:24 AM
 
Location: Fairbanks
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They are terrible all the time please don't come here to find out how bad they are!
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Old 07-03-2017, 12:18 PM
 
Location: SE Alaska
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.. I assume the worst areas for mosquitoes are areas where there is partial permafrost, and that they aren't as bad in the southeast or anywhere without permafrost.
Yes, some parts of SE they aren't noticeable.
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Old 07-05-2017, 11:49 PM
 
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I keep a fifty gallon barrel of DEET on my front porch. I dip myself in it whenever I go out. When I take my pet moose out for a walk the mosquito swarm is hellish. The buzzing drives me nuts, but at least I don't get bit.
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