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Old 08-24-12, 08:48 PM   #1
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Thinking a moveng to alaska

It so pretty there and peacefull.Id love to see the northern lights and i love being in survival mode
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Old 08-24-12, 09:15 PM   #2
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I've always wanted to go. I've got a cousin who lives there and loves it... But being prone to bouts of depression, I probably wouldn't do too well during the odd light cycles. Michigan winters are probably the most extreme I'm willing to deal with too. Plus, a lot of the people I've met from Alaska are just friggin weird. My mom just got back from a trip there last month and didn't even take pictures.
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Old 08-24-12, 09:56 PM   #3
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Lived there for a couple years near Fairbanks. Some people had problems with lighting issues that were resolved with indoor full spectrum lights. Winters are dark and figgin' cold with temps going below 0 and staying there for months. Scenery is outstanding. Summers are non-stop daylight with mosquitoes thicker than you can imagine with a personal best record of killing 9 in one swat during a backpacking trip. My wife and I still talk of the fun we had up there and would go back in a heartbeat.
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Old 08-24-12, 11:22 PM   #4
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I am plotting to visit the extended family in Juneau again when the kids are a little older. Great place.
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Spend some extended time there before your relocate. You might change your mind.
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and i love being in survival mode
Surviving drinking with fishermen and eskimos? GLHF

Then there's the matter of the male/female ratio. Summed up by one of the funniest t-shirts I've seen, which read "Remember girls, you're in Alaska, you're beautiful now!"
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Someone I know has been up there for about 20 years and likes it. There are a few extra difficulties, but advantages too.
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Have you considered northern Maine? No northern lights, but very sparsely populated. Quite scenic, and if very cold, hard winters are your bag, well, you got it in northern Maine.
Maine is considered to be very cycling friendly, with mountain biking a huge attraction. Some of the rural roads though, are seriously pitted and potholed.
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What part? The climate in Alaska varies immensely. In the SE (Juneau, Ketchikan) it rains approx 300 days per year but rarely snows. In the interior (Fairbanks) it gets much colder and lots of snow. If you go to the far north (Kotzebue) it's an Arctic desert with little snow but brutal cold and months of no sunlight.

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Worked out well for the "into the wild"guy. ;-)
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You can also see Russia from your house.

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Living in North Pole (small town SE of Fairbanks), my wife wakes me up around 2am on a winter morning and tells me we have to go outside. So, we don the full blown arctic winter apparel and go outside in the -35 degree air. Usually, the northern lights are blues and greens and you see them all the time in the winter. That night, the lights were purple, pink, and red. Absolutely beautiful and something you do not see often. We ended up laying on the driveway for an hour or so just watching the lights.
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Surviving drinking with fishermen and eskimos? GLHF

Then there's the matter of the male/female ratio. Summed up by one of the funniest t-shirts I've seen, which read "Remember girls, you're in Alaska, you're beautiful now!"
Mom has/had a t-shirt that says "Alaska men: the odds are good, but the goods are odd". Before relocating, CAREFULLY look at cost of living, as costs can get REALLY high for some things in some areas. The PFD has been constantly dwindling, and would get eaten up by shipping costs(direct and indirect) easily.
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You can also see Russia from your house.

(((shudder))) Even if it was Tina Fey that paraphrased that... (((shudder))) That said, let's avoid those politics.
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I just adore quiet siting outside and just hearing crickets or wolf etc etc
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I hear frogs (in spring), owl and coyotes at night but enjoy city life when I wanna.
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Someone I know has been up there for about 20 years and likes it. There are a few extra difficulties, but advantages too.
Duge,have you checked your own location?
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I just adore quiet siting outside and just hearing crickets or wolf etc etc
Your trippin again dude.
Let's step out for a cup of coffee.
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Your trippin again dude.
Let's step out for a cup of coffee.
LOL i am always 51 cards short of a full deck
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