It's not like Alaska isn't wilderness - it mostly is. But most Alaskans don't live in the wild. They live on the edge of the wild in towns with schools and cable TV and stores and dentists and roller rinks sometimes. It's just like anyplace else, only with mountains and moose.
In the bay working on some different rolls this afternoon when a sea otter seemed curious and came right up to me to watch. Usually they are gone at the first sound you make, this guy truly seemed curious. He was doing the same as me .. just fooling around in the water. I did a few rolls, and he would do the same. This went on for about 20 minutes. What a fun rolling partner!! He stayed right with me about a paddle distance from the boat.