With the Civil War barely over, reconstruction underway, and USA coffers empty, Secretary of State William Seward proposed buying the Alaska territory from Russia.  The year was 1867, and the sale would cost 7.2-million dollars. 

Pocket change for Jeff Bezos!

Despite heavy criticism, the deal went through, and after the Bolshevik Revolution, most Americans were mighty glad to have that 586,412 square miles of wilderness, and only Canada as a neighbor…not the communists.

 I’ve never been to Alaska, but everyone I talk to who’s been there, can’t say enough about it.

Now, I’m going to find out for myself.

From Tues., the 11th through Mon., the 24th of June, I’ll be gone. Vancouver, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan, Glacier Bay, Anchorage, Denali, and Fairbanks will be points of stop, and communication is sparse in those parts.

 I’m NOT taking recording gear with me, and I’m NOT posting daily blogs.  Don’t call me either!  🙂

I hope you’ll join me when I get back.

Thanks!

CourVO

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