In a word -- mush!
Bouchercon in Anchorage was 2 parts Jack London and 1 part Northern Exposure. Full of interesting juxtapositions and outright contradictions. No internet connection in the hotel (the Anchorage Hilton and city's tallest building!). But the governor spoke at the Award ceremony cocktail party. Lee Child wasn't there. But Dana Stabenow was everywhere. I wasn't allowed to show a dvd at my author's solo presentation. But they kept having CSI Alaska presentations that included everyone in the state who ever worked a case. The bookroom failed to stock my book (LADYKILLER). But they had plenty of copies of Larry's 2 Dorchester paperbacks. It was half the size of the usual Bouchercon. But the people who came were very friendly.
On balance, it was fun. We took an extra day and went on an all-day cruise around Prince William Sound and saw 26 separate glaciers! Pretty sweet.
So is it fair to call Alaska The Land of Ice and No? Maybe not. But I'm looking forward to Baltimore!