Why do so many people want to move to Alaska that... (military, relocation)
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Winter is precisely one of my reasons for moving up to Alaska. In some ways its even better than the summer. You have the winter sports, winter sunsets, spruce forest covered with snow and frost, moose and wolves, frozen lakes and a bitter and peaceful silence in the hibernation of animals and being in the off-tourist season. Winter is an adventure and something to be proud of living through, develops a strong person and strong character. Longterm, however, it probably becomes something you live with and learn to deal with. The furthest north I've lived is 49N and I wasn't bothered working when it became dark at 3 or 4 in the afternoon.
The very lakes, streams, mountains that people love in the summer are not as much of an interest to me. I like the landscape when it is covered with snow and frozen, when it takes on that rugged quality that is unmistakable for the far North.
The dinner thing sounds fun. I love cooking and love to eat well. Do you still snowmobile when its 40 below in the winter? What would you do in your freetime being cooped up so long? I like playing cards and board games, watching movies, and enjoying a nice dinner in the evening, but I couldn't stand to do that during the day. Always got to be out doing something during the day and then I come back and enjoy an evening with friends. Being cooped up in your house all day would obviously be no fun.
I would do alot of cross country skiing during the days. You can cross country ski lots of trails or across frozen lakes, which is pretty cool. In Juneau, people cross country ski or snow shoe on the Mendenhall lake to the glacier and you can see the frozen waterfall. Sledding is fun or tubing. Ice skating on Auke Lake. People have bonfires and make smoores, drink hot chocolate.
I think what's pretty deceiving is that you might put in a full days work or do something outside, then come home and it's completely dark, yet you look at the clock and it's still early in the day. Sometimes you think to yourself "Okay NOW what do I do for the next few hours?" You call some of your friends and get together for snacks or movies or dinner. I know that we would go skating or sledding at night, which is an adventure in itself, and if you don't feel like getting outside, yes there are always board games, movies, etc. You can also find activities within your community, but sometimes you don't feel like driving downtown when the roads are slicker than snot. Sometimes if it snows, then thaws and freezes again, you don't want to be out. Also, after the snow sits around a while or you get some rain, then the snow isn't condusive to snow sports or driving!
But there are beautiful things about it---the peace and quiet, the sight of a snow blanket covering the trees, the fog horn blowing as the fog rolls in (although in SE that can happen any time of the year). Winter is very frustrating for aviation. I know a few single engine pilot friends who fly in some pretty heavy soup or are grounded because of the weather altogether. Last year, there were a few times when flights were grounded because of the weather and people had to rely on the ferry, which also stopped running. for a few days. You have to be okay with being cut off to one extent or another, whether you are in the interior or the SE. I guess it's just a matter of how well one can adapt.
We came up here in 1975 for a 6 month vacation right out of the military and still here. I came up for an adventure my husband was born here so he knew what to expect. We moved to Seward direct from Long Beach, CA that was a culture shock for sure. Move to Anchorage after living in Seward for 3 years, this is now my town.
Better pepper spray than every tom dick and harry shooting our bears because one looked at them wrong. . .
I just was poking fun of how some people think that pepper spray is actually a viable defense against a bear attack. Maybe they should look at some photos of someone who has been killed by a brown bear before they think about jogging alone in an area where there could possibly be bears. Even black bears who typically don't have the same reputation for crushing skulls can still kill a human being. The first rule of going to a wilderness area is: Don't go if you don't know what you need to know about the area to survive. The second rule is: Remember that you are part of the food chain, and not necessarily at the top anymore!
Originally Posted by Rance
It's bad enough as it is. We can't even have a brown bear hunt in my area because so many are shot in so called defense of property.
If one has done all that they can to discourage bears from becoming a threat and if they truly feel threatened ie the bear is killing livestock, tearing up buildings, trying to pop the head off of you or a loved one, then it is truly defense of life or property to kill the animal.
Originally Posted by Rance
People leave food on bird feeders, dog food out, dogs chained up etc...which will bring in bears. Then they shoot the bear because it was digging in their trash...which they only need to take to the dump...put wait until the whole truck bed is full. Some peope got no brains. Basically baiting the bears, and then shooting them because they walk into the yard.
That is an example of people who should be living somewhere else. maybe some manufactured island devoid of all life except other idiots like themselves. We still have people down here putting their trash out to the curb in just bags, and wondering why it gets strewn all over the street by a raccoon, house cat, or dog. I am very sorry to hear that you have the same genetic stock of idiots in Alaska as I have down here in Pennsylvania. People without honor or respect.
Why do so many people want to move to Alaska? Becuase they've seen Rance's Pics on here! No, really for me its the move or change. I've done what there is to do and seen what there is to see here and now I'm ready for a new adventure and what better adventure then Alaska. I want the experience of living in the last frontier of braving super super cold winters just to say I have, go snow shoeing, ride a dog sled, raise my family where there isn't a smog cover.
Also, the grandness of everything there. It is such a larger scale then we are used to in the lower 48. It kind of puts you right back in your place, even just looking at pictures.
We are planning a vacation/husbands work to Anchorage next summer to experience it ourselves but I'm still planning the move for Spring of 2009. I've got the spread sheets going planning every detail, contacted realators and movers to get my budget planned, I can't wait to start my new adventure!
We lived in Anchorage throughout the 70's. I really enjoyed Alyeska and ice skating, mountain climbing, frostbite, etc. I enjoyed salmon fishing and the summer fun also. Looking back i'm not sure if it was the crashing on ski's or hitting the ice, or the car wrecks that hammered my back. Anymore i'm doing well to walk. I've seen enough for one life i suppose, but Anchorage and AK will always have a special place in my heart.
Newfoundland and Labrador are nice too.
Better pepper spray than every tom dick and harry shooting our bears because one looked at them wrong. It's bad enough as it is. We can't even have a brown bear hunt in my area because so many are shot in so called defense of property. People leave food on bird feeders, dog food out, dogs chained up etc...which will bring in bears. Then they shoot the bear because it was digging in their trash...which they only need to take to the dump...put wait until the whole truck bed is full. Some peope got no brains. Basically baiting the bears, and then shooting them because they walk into the yard.
I heard that bears love pepper spray, to roll in. I do agree, however, that not enough people use common sense. I take my garbage to the dump where I live, but I don't leave it outside in the pickup until it is full. In my opinion that IS bear baiting. I keep my bags of trash in my garage until I have enough to take to the dump. Shooting a bear because it is digging in your garbage is a criminal offense. You are only legally allowed to shoot a bear when it directly endangers your life or property.
I tell lower-48ers that when there is a problem with the wildlife, we relocate the tourist causing the problem. We should begin doing that with other Alaskans, particularly those who leave food outside for bears.
I want to go because it has always amazed me. I want to experience the great land i have seen so many pictures of. I just don't want to think twenty years from now, "I'm still stuck miserable in this crappy valley,where did my life go?" I only live once and if i waste it away not doing what i want to make myself happy, then why bother living at all? this town has caused a lot of problems for me also, and i just want that fresh start.
Why do people want to come to Alaska? A quick read in wikipedia makes it obvious.
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