What is a Bear Cache?

A cache box or bear cache box is a style of container that is used in many places around the world. Places that have a high amount of predatory or scavenging animals tend to have a history of people using similar containers. In Alaska, the main intent of the bear cache is to keep food away from bears and other animals who might be looking for an easy meal. People would employ bear caches to keep perishable and non-perishable goods safe from animals. Bear caches are effective at keeping animals away from meat that had been freshly killed.

Grizzly roams Denali.

The traditional look for Alaska bear caches is a simple design using a box structure that is raised on four tall legs. The legs are spread apart from each other and at an angle that makes it difficult for tenacious bears (and other animals) to reach the food stored in the box. Boxes would typically open from the front, but it wasn’t unheard of to see them accessible from the bottom. The boxes often resembled small wooden cabins on stilts. In a pinch, a tree would be used to support the bear box. The box would encircle the tree, and the tree would act as a support that would hold up the box off the ground. This design resembles a traditional treehouse.

Bear cache boxes are utilized more during the months when bears are roaming around. During the winter, when bears are hibernating, homesteaders would typically take the food from the box and store it in an underground storage area in the permafrost. These storage areas would sit at a temperature that is very similar to a modern refrigerator. The temperature would neither get too warm or too cold.

Now that you know all about bear caches, check out Alaska Cache Box, a quarterly subscription box that brings uniquely Alaskan products to your door!  We also want to thank photographer Susan Stevenson for the allowing us to use her photos in this blog post.

 

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Travel to Alaska Cheap!

Planning your Alaskan vacation can be daunting. Choosing what to see, where to go, and where to stay gets extremely overwhelming, and then there is the cost of airfare. Vacations to the last frontier can get expensive! But we’re going to let you in on a secret that is well known among Alaskans, but not so much among the rest of the country. That is the PFD airfare sales.

Every October residents of Alaska who are eligible, receive a Permanent Fund Dividend, an annually calculated amount of money based off the the 5 year average returns of natural resource extraction. During this time many local businesses hold sales, and Alaska Airlines is one such company.

The great thing about the Alaska Airlines airfare sale, is that people outside of Alaska can also benefit. On select days, flights from Seattle to Anchorage are now $100 one way! Search for your destination and see what departure cities are currently part of the sale. The catch is, all airfares must be purchased by October 10 and only certain days include the sale.

Travel plans not yet in your future? Then let us bring some of Alaska to you and subscribe to our quarterly subscription box. And feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions about planning your Alaskan adventure. We love to talk about Alaska!

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A view of Homer, Alaska, just one of the many places to visit on your Alaskan vacation.

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Welcome to the Alaska Cache Box blog!

The mission here at Alaska Cache Box is to help grow Alaskan small businesses and expose people outside of Alaska to new products from the 49th state, by offering a quarterly subscription box. This blog is one step toward that goal of helping grow the Alaskan economy by educating future visitors or enthusiasts of Alaska on the many products they will most likely never see in the typical tourist trinket shops.

Alaska Cache Boxes ready to be sent out into the world!
Alaska Cache Boxes ready to be sent out into the world!

 

Alaska Cache Box sources items that are uniquely made by Alaskans. It is our hope that by introducing you to these new products, you will visit the websites or actual brick and mortar stores of the small businesses we feature, and become life-long customers. Each Alaska Cache Box includes a write up on the businesses featured for that quarter, including links to their websites. Our intent with this blog is to further that product and business discovery by sharing with you more in depth information on our local businesses, artists, and makers.

In this space we will be sharing with you regularly Alaskan business features, Alaskan interest stories, and travel tips. Please keep an eye on our blog and share with your friends!

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