Every summer, Palmer, Alaska hosts the state fair. The locally-grown vegetables displayed there would gobsmack Paul Bunyan. Cabbage weighing 600 pounds! A one-ton pumpkin! Massive potatoes, monstrous heads of kale, obscenely hung carrots.
Alaskans explain the phenomena by citing the 19-hours of summer sunlight and glacier-silt enriched soils.
But as a first-time visitor, I'd have to say this is just one more example of the ginormous spirit of the state. Forget Texas! It looks puny in comparison.
We decided to take a road and train trip through the state. So for the next few days, I'll be posting pictures and commentary about our journey. Please tune in tomorrow to see the first photos.