Daily Archives: 19 February 2015

Happy Alaskans

Brown Bears Fishing Alaska
Fishing in Alaska

In their annual “State of the States” poll, Gallup came to the conclusion that Alaska ranked #1 for overall well being of its residents out of all 50 states.

In Gallup’s Well-Being Index, on a scale between 0 and 100, Alaskans had a score of 64.7. We also had the number one score of “sense of purpose” out of all America.

It is the first time Alaska has ranked #1 in this poll. I believe that is due directly to the recent warmer winters.

Since Alaska is already too crowded as it is, I suggest checking out the #2 ranked state: Hawaii.

Land Rover Lightweight

1972 LR Lightweight

Back in the early 1960’s, the Royal Marines and British Army commissioned Land Rover to develop a lighter vehicle than the Series 88, that could be carried by helicopter. The Land Rover Half-Ton was the result. Known as the Lightweight or Airportable, it was 4 inches narrower than the standard 88, which allowed it to sit on a pallet. With removable body panels, and windscreen, the new Lightweight could be easily airlifted when harnessed in a sling. Once the body panels were refitted, however, the Lightweight actually weighed more than the standard 88.

The Half Ton Airportable was produced between 1968 and 1984.

Lightweight 2

The 1972 Lightweight pictured is for sale out of Chapel Hill on craigslist, with an asking price of $8000. It looks to be in decent shape, and has been through a restoration by the previous owner.

Lightweight 3

This vehicle comes courtesy of bringatrailer.com