Monday, March 14, 2011

A little bit of Alaska -from me to you.

(Magyar verzio a szoveg vegen :)

This is the first This Alaskan Backyard giveaway.  It is my way of saying "thanks" to you all for joining us on our journey.  Oh, but what to give when there is so much to choose from!  Well, one lucky winner will take it all, and the prizes are as follows:

The items I chose are pretty random, chosen in part for their Alaskan-ness and in part for their mail-ability.   First in this group is an Ulu or "Legendary knife of the Arctic" as it says on the box, made of  U.S. Stainless steel with a lifetime guarantee.  The carved wooden handle shows a fancy moose with a quintessentially Alaskan landscape.

All right then, this is pretty awesome so far!  Something to skin chicken with for dinner or cut hair in a pinch.

The second item for the lucky winner is........Alaskan wild blackberry tea.  This is REAL berry tea folks, picked from the wild river valleys and lush tundra of Alaska.  Brew up this bad boy, and dream of the wild Alaska landscape from which it came from as you enjoy with friends and family.  10 teabags to savor.

OK, so Ulu -check, berries -check, what else goes with this Alaskana theme?

Well, you guessed it: a book on something few know about Alaska outside of Alaska: outhouses. 
Yes, ladies and gents, this book takes a whimsical look at an often-ignored aspect of life in Alaska and answers such age-old questions as why are outhouses adorned with a crescent moon? and how do you use an outhouse at fifty below?  Titled Outhouses of Alaska (by Harry M. Walker) it is a good read to enjoy while sipping your Alaskan wild berry tea. 

Read of the Rhoads for example, whose plush, floor-to-ceiling carpeted outhouse bears the sign: Spiffy Bippy:  All Plushy....but no flushy!  By the time you finish, you will wish for an outhouse to make your very own!....well, almost.

And the final gift in this bunch is an Alaskan bumper sticker.  If you are Alaskan, Alaskan-at-heart, or know someone who is and would like a bumper sticker to show it, this one's for you:
Well, there you have it: the first giveaway from me to you:

So here is how you enter:

STEP 1: sign up as a Follower (if you haven't already done so, if you have then sign in with your user name so I won't have to figure out which one of 5 Anonymous posters is the winner :)...and by the way: don't think of yourself as a Follower, but rather as a reader.... :) and if you're worried that annoying email and spam will follow your post: don't.  Being a follower does not automatically sign you up for updates and such.

STEP 2: leave me a comment by Wednesday, March 23rd midnight Alaska time.  What kind of comment you ask?  Well, tell me which one's your favorite gift and why.  That's how easy.  Accepted languages: English, Hungarian, French and whatever else Google translator can handle. 

On 3/23 I will randomly choose one lucky winner either by enlisting J's help and by doing an old fashioned paper ticket-draw, or via a random number-generator site.  The winner can then email me their address privately so I can mail them the goods.  There you have it folks, comment away and Good Luck!

Hungarian version:
Csatlakozz a bloghoz mint "Follower" es kommentalj itt lent.  Annyit irj, melyik lenne a kedvenc szuvenired, es miert.  A szerencses nyertest sorsolas alapjan dontom el, es a fent abrazolt 4 ajandekot kapja meg.  Eszkimo Ulu kes, alaszkai pottyantos budikrol szolo konyv, alaszkai szeder tea, es alaszkai autos matrica.  Postan kuldom, sok szerencset!  Hatarido: Marcius 23. ejfel, Alaszka ido szerint.


  1. Hello! My favorite of your options is the ulu. That thing looks like it'd be great to have around, as a decoration or even a useful tool. I'll probably be living in Alaska within the next couple of years, too!

  2. Been to Alaska twice and loved every minute! Nice blog!

  3. I went to Alaska once on vaca with the family and loved it. Your pictures are great reminders of a wonderful trip. I am not interested in any of the give aways (already have an ulu from that trip) but I joined anyway just to follow along. Egészségedre.

  4. Love your blog!
    I found it through a post on
    my beloved Reddit. I spent a few
    years in Alaska in my youth so I
    understand your joy.

    Thanks again, it brought back
    many, many happy memories.

  5. If I can, I would LOVE
    one of those AK bumperstickers.

    Give that one away, I will
    buy mine. Will contact you soon!

  6. Nagyon szep a veboldal es a kepek. Millio puszi+hianyzol. J.

  7. Hey Girl,
    your blog makes me miss DaBanks even more. Those were the good times.
    Beautiful pictures.
    Hope to see you guys again at one point.
    All the best.
    Oh, my favorite? Anything from AK would be fine. The ulu would be cool though.

  8. Szia, mióta írtad emilben a blogod linkjét, azóta olvaslak és nosztalgiázom, és fájdítom a szívemet. Remélem, hamarosan visszajutok újra...
    Nos, ulu-m van, karácsonyra kaptam a tiszteletbeli alaszkai nagymamámtól :o). A tea hamar elfogy, úgyhogy most ingadozom a könyv és a matrica között, ha lehetne mindkettő :oD...

    ... A könyvet kérném, ha nyernék :o).

    köszönöm, üdv a családnak -
    Zsóka, valamikor Fairbanksben, most Magyarországon

  9. I enjoy your blog.
    Your family reminds me a lot of my grandchildren. Keep up the good work.



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