I was surfing a USA Today site when this headline caught my eye: The Most Dangerous States in America. So glad I won't have to worry about that where I'm going, I thought.
Then I peeked at the list and guess which state is #1 on the list? Yep, my soon to be home, Alaska.
I was already aware that Alaska had an alarmingly high rate of domestic violence and rape. But I'm absolutely stunned that a place that looks like paradise has the distinction of being most dangerous. Alcohol and methamphetamine use are noted as two key contributing factors.
On a different list, compiled by Forbes, Anchorage beat out Detroit and Las Vegas for the #1 spot for most dangerous city.
(Tereska - you'll be happy to know that you're living in the safest state in America, Vermont...)
View of downtown Anchorage from my hotel window.