Have Never: 1. Met many Alaskans 2. Traveled in Alaska in the Winter 3. Understood the Alaskan Mindset Alaskans are different! Alaskans are some of the most fiercely independent folks in the world! Alaskans are tough and have carved out a life and a livelihood in a climate that would send most of us packing to South Florida. If you visit Alaska and get to know the people there and then Visit Washington, D.C. and get to know the people there you will see the vast difference and understand why this lady is taken way too lightly by most people.