#Alaska’s eXtreme Sports – Arctic Man & #AtoZChallenge on Cabin Goddess
It’s April in Alaska..
Which means the A to Z Challenge on Cabin Goddess and the Arctic Man for the rest of the state. What do they have in common you ask? Well a lot of things! This is about X-treme as it gets, people!! And for an added bonus, I have my famous ALASKAN BELLY FLOP drink recipe that you can make to reward yourself for a job well done!
The Arctic Man is a race for teams of two skilled competitors that tests the strength of an athlete and the horsepower of a snowmobile. Courage and training are essential elements of this team of snowmobile and skier.
The A to Z Challenge is race to the finish (Z) for one blogger to use AT LEAST 2 skills that tests the strength and resilience (and stubbornness) of the loan blogger of Alaska crawling out of the snow. She must not only maintain her due diligence of blogging every day but she must also make sure her driveway is not one hell of a muddy mess because of Breakup.
The Arctic Man is one of the World’s Toughest Downhill Ski races, and an exciting snowmobile race, all in one. The skier begins at a summit elevation of 5,800 feet and drops 1700 feet in less than two mile to the bottom of a narrow canyon where he meets up with his snowmobiling partner.
The A to Z Challenge for Alaskan Bloggers is one of the toughest uphill battle which requires the last of the coffee rations, the maintaining of strength through spam and ice cream which begins at freezing temperatures and ends with rain and mud puddles. One must always maintain their Alaskan home and maintain their blog without stopping no matter how crappy the coffee is and how stale the pilot bread gets. (And no matter what remember there is always Tang and Vodka at the finish line).
The snowmobiler meets the skier, on the go, with a tow rope and pulls the skier 2 1/4 miles uphill at top speeds of up to 86 mph. The skier and the snowmobile then separate and the skier goes over the side of the second mountain and drops another 1200 feet to the finish line.
At times the blogger must rely on the blog responsibilities to drag her out of the warm cocoon of her mink blankets to put her rubbers on and go un-bury the BBQ so she can do a lasts minute recipe on BBQing in the Arctic north of Alaska. Even if she is fine with eating another round of last years moose steaks and dried onions from the garden… oh wait is that a loan jar of sweet peas? SCORE!
At the Arctic Man you “GO FAST or GO HOME“
At the Alaska A to Z Challenge it’s “GET IT PUBLISHED OR NO TANG!” Inspiration comes with parties at the end!
Truly the Ultimate Adrenaline Rush for spectators and competitors alike.
Last year approximately 13,000 spectators came from around the nation as well as different countries around the world to enjoy this spectacular Alaskan event. The area the race is held is some the of the best snowmachine riding country in the world. The snowcapped peaks and beauty make this spring event one that you will treasure for a lifetime.
The A to Z Challenge has grown to host over 1200 blogs (who have signed up) from all over the world. The Alaskan Blogger is only unique in the fact we have to do it while dealing with Spring Breakup and flesh eating viruses at times. The occasional Moose Blockade and the preparation for our summer growing is an added rush.
Now what about my Tang and Vodka!
Alaskan’s are well known to be able to have pantry checks and a few things will always be in them:
- Pilot Bread™
- Canned Salmon (we can it and eat it)
My first exposure to Alaskan culture was in line at the package store (liquor store… brown bag store.. you get my drift). A mother and son were stocking up for the weekend and one had a 1/2 gallon of vodka to the mix. The son says, “Mom I don’t think we have anything to mix that with…” mother says: “Sure we do, I always got Tang in the cupboard” … that was it, a new drink was born in my brain. I call it the Alaskan Belly Flop. Who the hell needs a Red Bull™ when you have the raw amazing orange flavored sugar that even the astronauts adore!
- Tang (to dip your glass in)
- 1 slice of orange
- 4 ounces vodka
- 2 tablespoons Tang
- Place Tang on a plate. Run orange slice around the rim of a glass; rotate rim of glass in Tang. (If you do not have an orange you can use a lemon or you can use some premade Tang.)
- In a cocktail shaker, add Tang, vodka, and ice; shake. Strain into glass.
Serving size: 1 Calories: You really give a crap? It is Vodka! Fat: Dance and it won't matter