I've been curious about this, and I've searched the internet and found some interesting things.
I searched the forum and the last thing I found was a few years ago, so I thought some refreshed discussion could be had on the topic.
I live in Fort Worth, TX and I feel that this is a city with a manly persona of the Cowboy, as they still do cattle drives through the streets (for tourists) but also, this being Texas, men can pretty much be who they want to be. I've read many things Brett has posted about Vermont being a pretty manly place, in a more classic sense of the woodsman, and while I've never been to Vermont, I think he's probably right as well.
I've often thought the Pacific Northwest and New England (Upstate NY, Vermont, NH, Maine) would be quite manly places, as well as Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and Texas. Most of the reasons behind my choosing of those places is that there seems to be more outdoor type things to do, and more people willing to do those things, and also they are colder climates, making the tough, hardy men the people who would I would imagine would populate such a place. No whining about "it's too cold, too much snow". I believe being outdoors refreshes your manly soul and getting in touch with nature is a very masculine thing. I feel cities can have a tendency to drain your masculinity, because you are more exposed to advertising and the media and would be more likely to be influenced by those things, versus someone who spent more time conversing with nature would be who the hell they wanted to be and wouldn't give two flips about someone thinking he needed to change who he was. That being said, I do like living in a city right now for some of the things there are to do here.
Do you think there are some places that are more masculine than others? If so, why?
Where are some manly places and what makes them manly?
That's why I want to be a writer. I can live wherever I please. It might take some time, but it's a dream I'm working towards. And I don't think I'd live in Alaska...thinking more along the lines of Washington State, or Upstate NY, Vermont or New Hampshire. Maybe Maine.
Thank you for posting this. I am adding on the pioneer outfitters on my list. My GI bill will pay for the first 2.
1. The Alderleaf Wilderness Certification Program
Nature and Outdoor Survival Course
2. Lasko School of Log Building
3. Pioneer Outfitters Survival & Guide Training
I think the world of Terry and Amber-Lee at Pioneer Outfitters. I have not had a chance to fly (or ride horses) into their facility but I have heard it called "a slice of the Alaska dream." Graduating from this school also makes it easier to get licensed and ultimately work as a big game guide in Alaska.
How 'bout Louisiana? We've got gators, black bears, duck/goose/turkey/bear/aligator/deer hunting, fishing, off-shore fishing, and Mardi-Gras.
Louisiana is a beautiful state, don't get me wrong. I love your state. Trees, the water. The wildlife is amazing. But if I manage to convince myself to move away from Texas, it'll be for somewhere colder.
Alaska will see your gators and raise you brown bears, grizzlies, polar bears, elk, moose, Dall sheep, mountain goat, bison, wolves, wolverines, and caribou.
We do not exactly have Mardi-Gras but the Fur Rondy tries to make up for it:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fur_Rendezvous_Festival The Rondy has more road-kill-hats.
Just funnin with you Rick.
Victor - Come see Alaska while your are young. Look how much it gave Jack London to write about. You will see things here that no one in the l. 48 will ever beleive. Learn to write movies; the world seems to be running short on customers who can read but they can all push PLAY.
I would love to visit Alaska for exactly the reasons you've stated as well as the scenery. I've thought about moving there but I don't think my wife would go for it.
This is the Milepost. It is the absolute Bible of traveling to and in Alaska. Pick one of these up off Amazon before planning your trip and life will be MUCH easier. This book is updated every year and has accumulated tons of useful information almost mile by mile.
Yes, auto travel is limited somewhat to our three roads but that is still a LOT. Plane and boat travel can be pricey (fuel) but can get you pretty much anywhere that you really want to see. Is there a specific place that you would like to get to off the road system?
I drove home by way of the ALCAN as recently as last April (a few weeks before the tourist herd and things opening). The biggest excitement was that it still got dark early and there were so many bison, elk, caribou, deer, bear, lynx, etc... in the road just after dark that we had to stop for the nights when we hoped to cover more ground. Wonderful trip that even my wife enjoyed. Still it was such a relief to finally drive the old truck on the ferry in Haines for the last easy leg. Of course I ran into a bunch of big game guides who know me so we talked all night.
http://www.dot.state.ak.us/amhs/ Our ferry system covers huge distances to remote communities all the way out into the Aleutians. Traveling by ferry is extremely laid back and scenic. The food is a little pricey but very good and generously portioned. Indescribable scenery and wildlife.
Thank you - I'll check it out!
It's definitely on my list. I'd love to drive up the AlCan highway but I've heard it's actually pretty hard to get around in Alaska by car. So I'm definitely considering multiple things that involve traveling to Alaska.
And as for moving there, I'd take it under consideration, but it would greatly depend upon many, many things.
From what I hear there is no 'manlier" place than Alaska. It's huge, wide open and still has very much that frontier, rugged individualist feeling.
In my youth after a long period of unemployment and depression (and way too many Northern Exposure episodes) I sent a resume to a firm in Anchorage and had a phone interview that went well. I was offered the position.
It sounded very romantic; off to Alaska by myself, starting a new life.
Well, after much thought and soul-searching I didn't take it. I decided staying with family and friends more important than going off on my own, no matter how cool the destination looked. Today I don't regret that decision.
But if you don't have such bonds to your area, Alaska looks like the place to be.