I have to begin by giving a major shout out to Marsha Smith, the publicist from ABC who hooked me up with this whole TVGuide.com blog thing. And also to Sara Glasser Havens, [executive producer] Jenny Bicks' assistant, who always catches the typos and makes everything sound better, as well as makes sure everything goes through the proper channels (so you're not exposed to the initial dirty versions I put out.) Basically, I've been procrastinating more and more, turning the blogs in later and later, and these ladies have made sure that they get out there. Props!

This week's episode of Men in Trees [Fridays at 9 pm/ET, on ABC], "The Caribou in the Room," made me very happy, because our writer, Tim Davis, put Annie in bed for a good portion of the show. This meant that I could shoot almost all of my scenes in one day, which meant I could go back to L.A. and get in bed with Tyler! So I have very fond memories of this episode. I also remember getting a frantic call one day from Cynthia Stevenson, the lovely actress who plays Chief Celia. In this episode, Chief Celia discovers that Annie snores, and later imitates her. The problem was that we hadn't shot the scene where she overhears me snoring yet, and she was about to shoot the scene where she imitates that snoring, and had no clue what it sounded like. I was on my way to an appointment - OK, it was a Pilates session (I didn't want to admit it because it sounds so L.A. actor-y, but like I said before, I was in bed for most of this episode and didn't wear a whole lot of clothing) - and there I am, in the middle of the street on my cell phone, doing an incredibly loud snore. Well, hopefully you'll see the snore tonight, and you can imagine how crazy I must have looked. Did I mention how glamorous this business is?

On to the final chapter of my Alaskan adventure! (And more exclamation points! I can't seem to break that habit!) We left off as Tyler and I were visiting our final destination, the town of Sitka. Sitka has a very famous local community radio station, known as Raven Radio. We had met a woman named Melissa who works there, and she had offered to give us a tour. I was very excited by this prospect, because, as you know, Patrick ( Derek Richardson) and Marin ( Anne Heche) have a radio show on Men in Trees. Tyler and I wandered to the water to find where they broadcast, and finally located the station above the local deli. As we walked in, a young girl came out clutching an LP of West Side Story. It turns out that anyone can volunteer to have a radio show, and this young woman and her dad had been playing songs from their favorite musicals. That's a show I'd like to tune into. Raven Radio is one of the most well-funded (for its size) community radio stations in the country, and it serves a vital function for the people that live there. All the public service announcements and events within the community are announced on Raven Radio. Also, many people in the area don't have phones (just like Jack on Men in Trees) so they use the radio to get messages to one another, called "muskeg messages." On any given day, one of the deejays will make announcements like, "Andrew, meet me at the top of the dock at 1 on Thursday," or, "Will the child who left a purple Beanie Baby on Main Street please call the following number...." Most radio stations across the country now have a large portion of nationally syndicated programming, so it's just the same standard shows pumped into every community. As the program director at Raven Radio quite eloquently put it, "What's the first thing they cut off during a revolution? The lines of communication. This country was founded on a revolution, and we're slowly losing our source of communication." I must say Tyler and I left Raven Radio feeling quite inspired.

We then met up with our friends from Anchorage, Cord, Alexa, and Adam, and headed out to dinner. They had introduced us to a lovely woman named Tiffany, and her husband, Xander, who had invited us to dinner at their house without even knowing us. We drove along the coast taking in yet another magnificent view of the ocean, and arrived at Tiffany and Xander's stunning home, perched right above the water. As Tiffany welcomed us in, treating us like she'd known us for a year instead of just a day, we sat down to the best meal yet we'd had in Alaska. In the middle of a large table was a platter overflowing with salmon and fresh caught Alaskan king crab, just pulled out of crab pots a few hours earlier. I learned about an Alaskan tradition here. If you find someone else's crab pot full, you can take a crab if you leave a six-pack as a replacement. So sometimes people go to check on their crab pots and find not only crustaceans, but beer or wine as well!

After dinner we headed out to the balcony to watch even more bald eagles fly out over the amazing view (it actually looked exactly like the view from Ben and Theresa's house on Men in Trees.) I had an ulterior motive, in that I now had my own Alaskan focus group to talk about the show. Plus we had plied them with wine, so I knew they would be loose-lipped. Men in Trees is all about relationships, particularly between men and women, and these relationships are intensified by the fact that there are so many more men than women in these tiny Alaskan towns. This yields some unusual decision making processes. As one woman told me that night, "When you live in Alaska, and you want to find a man, you've got to decide what your priorities are, what's important to you. Like, does he have to have all his teeth?" Everyone was very impressed that our show had already used the popular local saying, "The odds are good, but the goods are odd." I also heard a quintessential Alaskan pickup line. A woman was in the local Sitka bar, The Pioneer Bar, which is just like The Chieftain on Men in Trees, just substitute pictures of bears with pictures of boats. Apparently a man came up to her and said, "I've got a cabin, and a boat, and they're both heated." Her reply? "Well, I guess you'll be warm then." So even with all the extra men up there, it seems like women in Alaska have the same complaint as just about anywhere: a good man is hard to find.

Well, it turns out that, just like anywhere else I've ever been, the men are complaining that there aren't enough good women out there. Some of the men said that the women suffer from "Alaskan Beauty Queen Syndrome." Because of the lack of men, apparently the women go out to the local bars and expect the men to buy them all their drinks and fall all over them. If you're a guy, you have to compete with all these other men for the same women. There's a saying that "When you break up, you don't lose your girlfriend, you lose your turn." Some of the men feel it's pointless to go out and try and meet a woman at a bar because she's already tired of all the men coming up to her. Sound familiar? I hear the same complaints from my guy friends in New York, a city where there are supposedly many more women out there. I suppose wherever you go, men and women are still complaining about the same things.

I'm finding it very difficult to wrap up this whole Alaska experience, because it was such a deep experience for me. I went there partially to get the "fish-out-of-water" experience that I thought Annie would have moving to Elmo, but what I found was that people just welcomed Tyler and me everywhere we went. I wasn't sure if I'd find exactly what we were trying to portray on Men in Trees, but what I learned was that there were so many things we really got right. I know there are a couple of small details we got wrong, but from what I saw in Alaska, I gained a newfound respect for Jenny Bicks and for all of our writers, because so many things made sense. Also, I think Jenny did an incredible job choosing all the people for this show, not only because they're all such good actors, but because they're all good people. I met so many people in Alaska who wouldn't hesitate to invite a stranger over for dinner, and I think I could say the same thing about all the people who work on Men in Trees. We actually are like our own small town now, all in each other's business because we all want to take care of each other.

I also learned that the way of life we portray on Men in Trees is slowly disappearing. The small town we visited named Pelican is in danger of losing its funding for its school and community resources, because the population is slowly dwindling. How can a small town make money with a local cannery when they're competing with enormous international conglomerates? Small towns across Alaska, and all over the country, are losing their local community radio stations to national corporate stations and satellite radio. But there are still some towns out there that are living lives that, quite frankly, I don't see represented much on TV. I'm proud to be on a show that celebrates a distinct and uniquely American way of life, and I think it's something that we should always celebrate and strive to preserve. So I guess I'm asking you to join us for that celebration at Men in Trees. And next time you're taking a vacation, think about checking out some of our American wilderness and small towns. I can guarantee you won't be disappointed!

See you in a couple of weeks for some blogging from the set of Men in Trees. (I need a break next week!)