The 49th state celebrates its 50th birthday of US statehood in 2009 and after a weekend of learning about all the festivities and great wildlife opportunities in Alaska, I had a chance to catch up with Ron Peck of the Alaska Travel Industry Association. In this interview, Ron let me know about some of the basics of visiting Alaska this year, which features festivals and discounts throughout the celebration.

For the record, I look exhausted. It was an early morning for me. Fortunately Ron looks fresh.

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