1. Practiced survival skills.
Let’s face it, if you grew up in Alaska, you grew up learning how to tie knots, build fires, catch and kill your own food, make shelters and utilize all associated tools of the Alaskan wilderness survival trade. What you saw the adults and big kids do on a regular basis, you replicated in spades via bouts of “Let’s play pretend….” You captured invisible bad guys, saved loved ones from ferocious bears, rescued hypothermic friends out of ice-covered lakes, traversed molten rivers of lava and survived cataclysmic earthquakes. You knew early on that life in Alaska was a precarious business and surviving it was literally child’s play.