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Unread 11-26-2011, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Default anyone here lived in both AK and CO?

i would like to hear from anyone here who has lived in both AK and CO. and if so, compare.pros and cons of one over the other?
reason i ask is because as much as i love the thought about moving to AK, there is a place i REALLY want to work at in Florence CO (45 min south of Colorado Springs). but i hear CO is full of Californians...(not that they are all bad but i prefer the type of folks i have seen in AK)
i think about the things CO doesnt have that AK has (e.g. offshore fishing, moose)...but then is start to think, how often would i be able to go halibut fishing when i am working fulltime..i mean, i would be working fulltime. i have to remember that its not like when i was in AK for my vacation. kinda like folks who visit Hawaii and say "oh i want to live there" and think they are going to hang out on the beach all the time (my family lives there and i assure you, they cant afford days off to hang out on the beach!)

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Unread 11-26-2011, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Anchorage
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All I can say is that I have been in Colorado Springs in January and it was 50 degrees, no snow, and it was mostly yellow and beige-the grass and the buildings. I was pretty surprised at how drab it looked. This was during a really bad cold snap in Alaska and I flew back to enjoy -30 in Anchorage and -60 in Fairbanks. It is true that you probably won't be halibut fishing every day-I have never been halibut fishing-but seeing moose and Alaskan scenery is an everyday occurance.
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Unread 11-26-2011, 07:30 PM
 
Location: Texas
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yeah..its definitely not as scenic and majestic, but in terms of scenery it sure would be an upgrade from TX. plus i do love to ski and snowmachine, which is something i would be able to do there. it wouldnt be AK but maybe it would be "enough". the main thing is the place i really really want to work at badly is there. i would just hate to move there and then regret not choosing AK..but job-wise, i would definitely be much happier, than the jobs i would be doing in AK

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All I can say is that I have been in Colorado Springs in January and it was 50 degrees, no snow, and it was mostly yellow and beige-the grass and the buildings. I was pretty surprised at how drab it looked. This was during a really bad cold snap in Alaska and I flew back to enjoy -30 in Anchorage and -60 in Fairbanks. It is true that you probably won't be halibut fishing every day-I have never been halibut fishing-but seeing moose and Alaskan scenery is an everyday occurance.
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Unread 11-26-2011, 07:30 PM
 
Location: Dangling from a mooses antlers
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Colorado is crowded and full of green tree huggin' weenies....
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Unread 11-26-2011, 07:32 PM
 
Location: Texas
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yeah..thats what i hear, plus i would be giving up that wonderful outhouse that you offered for me to live in

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Colorado is crowded and full of green tree huggin' weenies....
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Unread 11-26-2011, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Anchorage, AK
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If you like both places, I would say go for the job you want. You will probably spend more time at work than you will on a snowmachine, either way.

If it doesn't suit, you can always come on up later. Alaska will still be here. That job in Colorado might not be.
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Unread 11-26-2011, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Anchorage
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yeah..its definitely not as scenic and majestic, but in terms of scenery it sure would be an upgrade from TX. plus i do love to ski and snowmachine, which is something i would be able to do there. it wouldnt be AK but maybe it would be "enough". the main thing is the place i really really want to work at badly is there. i would just hate to move there and then regret not choosing AK..but job-wise, i would definitely be much happier, than the jobs i would be doing in AK
True, and you'd be that much closer to Alaska living in Colorado, making any future plans more affordable. A good job is important! I really have not been around Colorado enough, I'm sure parts of it are amazing.
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Unread 11-26-2011, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Over the Rainbow...
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NOTAM, which feels 'right' for you - that gut feeling? Btw the pics you added of furbabies is so darn cute. The one with the white dog..what breed is he?
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Unread 11-26-2011, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Texas
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well, yeah the airfares would be a bit cheaper to AK for halibut fishing trips in the summer.
good job would be in CO and AK...i would not be losing anything-i would be making what i make now, but with cost of living adjustments (i get almost 11% more in AK than i do here in TX, automatically).
i think i would be ok with that part of CO where the job is, it aint no Aspen/Vail aka Hollywood area

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True, and you'd be that much closer to Alaska living in Colorado, making any future plans more affordable. A good job is important! I really have not been around Colorado enough, I'm sure parts of it are amazing.
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Unread 11-26-2011, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Texas
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gut feeling-its a toss-the job in CO for sure the best choice job-wise, the lifestyle/surroundings in AK the best choice.
the black and white dog is a boston terrier!

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NOTAM, which feels 'right' for you - that gut feeling? Btw the pics you added of furbabies is so darn cute. The one with the white dog..what breed is he?
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