In Alaska, I’m sure a lot of first dates or just regular dating is just, ‘Hey, let’s go run the Coastal Trail.’” For those who wouldn’t consider themselves outdoorsy, like 22-year-old Peju Oni, luck often happens on the dating app Tinder.Most of her best dates, she says, have come from single men fresh off the cruise ship and ready to mingle.“I find that there are, I guess, more quality men on Tinder in the summertime,” she said.
Her last setup, a blind date organized by a friend, is proof.
“He looks at me and is like, ‘I’m just gonna tell you what’s going to happen.
We’re going to watch Netflix and chill, maybe chill a couple times and watch some more Netflix and that’s it,’” she recalled.
“I had real hope, actually was planning on marrying her,” said Harris of the love he found and lost in the Last Frontier. And it didn’t happen.” Harris moved to Anchorage on military orders in 2010. It’s really been hard keeping their past out of the relationship,” said Harris.
But the one who broke his heart here in Alaska is a testament to what makes dating in Anchorage unique, he says. dating the local females that live here and that are from here.
Now, the 24-year-old works as a barback for Williwaw and Blues Central downtown, a job that puts him in contact with “a variety of females.” It’s the diversity of the opposite sex that Harris notes is a similarity to the dating scene in Virginia, Harris’ previous home state.
“You’re trying to get things going, get things on track, and then her friends and her exes and her past are all here, you know?
” There’s about one degree of separation in Anchorage, if that, notes another Anchorage bachelor, Corey Hester.
Hester, a lifelong Alaskan who works for the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, says the trick to navigating the dating scene is to get outdoors.