As Christmas approaches some of you may be having trouble choosing the perfect manly gift for your man. In honor of Gov. Palin and the First Dude, I’ve decided on an Alaskan theme.
And what could be more manly than elk hunting?
I suggest a stay at Afognak Wilderness Lodge up near Seal Bay. They have great scenery, rustic cabins, and lots of giant elk just waiting for that bullet with their name on it. You’ll have to call for prices, but I suspect they’re in the “if you have to ask you can’t afford it” range.
Another hugely manly gift would be an entry in the Iron Dog snow machine race. This event has been described as:
The Tesoro Iron Dog™ is the longest snowmobile race on the planet. Racers reach speeds in excess of 110 miles per hour as they speed over Alaska’s frozen tundra, enduring wind-chills which plummet down to a bone-chilling 50 below zero!
While I have never been in such a competition, it seems logical that one would require a snowmobile…
… and this one, a Ski-Doo’s MXZ Adrenaline with 600cc E-TEC, sounds like it would do the job. For around ten grand you get a 120hp monster that has a better power to weight ratio than most sports cars, which should propel it at speeds far beyond anything a wimp would dare think about.
You’ll also need to get the cold weather gear and such, which will run you a few more hundred.
Another mental image that’s often conjured up at the mention of Alaska is…
… dog sledding. While most people probably won’t have the need or desire to own a sled and a team of dogs, it would be a manly adventure to rent those things and learn how to make them go. Fortunately, this is available at Northern Sky Lodge and Kennel. You’ll have to call for prices, but if you can afford it Mister Manly says to mush on up there.
Another part of Alaskan life is flying…
… and learning to fly, besides being a good song, would also be a manly trial. So pilot lessons would make a great stocking stuffer. Prices will vary by area, but you can find a flight school near you here. That site also has links pertaining to the actual purchase of a plane, but if I’m going to suggest you spend that much money I’ll direct you to a sports car page.
Finally, near the top of the big list of manly occupations is lumberjack. This fact is celebrated in a series of lumberjack competitions that can be seen on any of the multitude of cable sports channels. Obviously, most people won’t have the time or opportunity to devote themselves to perfecting their skill in most of the events, but most everyone has the time and money to practice this…
… the manly art of ax throwing. While this is most likely a sport that apartment dwellers should shun, if you have a back yard then $90 can equip your man with a competition legal throwing ax, which comes with the rules of the sport and instructions for building a target. Heck, buy two so you can both play. Just be sure to let him win.