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Old 03-31-2017, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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My wife and I are considering the possibility of retiring in Whittier. The idea of living in Begich Tower and possibly not leaving the building for several days at a time is not really bothersome. I have read about the tunnel, with one-way travel every 30 minutes (with a toll, and that it closes at night). I also know that a trip into Anchorage (about an hour each way) is necessary for shopping and most other business, because there isn't much in Whittier.


Just wondering if anyone has some insight, or maybe some information that I haven't already found.
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Old 03-31-2017, 02:33 PM
 
Location: SE Alaska
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Be aware that you'd be moving from a desert environment to a place that sees approximately 200 inches of rain AND 200 inches of snow a year. Quite a contrast.
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Old 03-31-2017, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Anchorage
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Have you ever been there? It's an odd group of people that live in that tower, which is pretty much the whole town.
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Old 03-31-2017, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Kenai Peninsula, AK
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Whittier is a strange place. I've talked to folks who live there multiple times and they always just strike me as strange.

It seems like an odd place to choose honestly. It's isolated, but not private. If that's what you want, go for it.
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Old 04-01-2017, 05:01 PM
 
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Whittier is very busy in the summer time with tourists and seasonal workers and in the winter time the place is literally a ghost town. Almost everything is shut down. Other than the Begich Towers there are a few small cabin style homes that you could live in but you wouldn't be able to drive all the way up to them in winter because of all the snow.

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Old 04-01-2017, 10:30 PM
 
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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Get a boat. My brother pretty much lives on his sailboat out of Whittier all summer long. Whales, rock fish, shrimping, hiking...he loves it out there.
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Old 04-01-2017, 11:14 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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Have you ever been there? It's an odd group of people that live in that tower, which is pretty much the whole town.
I have not visited, but this is not a decision that I would make without doing so.
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Old 04-02-2017, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Alaska
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Whittier is beautiful and usually try to visit at least once a year. One or two hours is all that's needed to drive around town and up the mountain.

There is good hiking in Whittier and on the other side in Portage too. However carry a firearm and some bear spray.

The second dirt road on the left just over the train tracks goes about 1-1.5 miles back. Two old WWII munitions bunkers still exist, but they are now closed. There is other WWII related stuff, but you can only really see it by boat if my memory serves me correct.

When driving up Shotgun Cove Rd there is a small park with some grills (Lu Young Park). You can walk down to the water from there and stroll along the shoreline for a bit. It's really picturesque with a small cute cottage along the ravine that is pouring into passage canal.

Continuing up the road will get some decent elevation and more picture opportunities. Eventually reaching the end, but the road become un-groomed for about a mile - continue on till the end and you will be rewarded with a small hike back to a waterfall. You can also clearly see a bridge was supposed to be built here since there is more road on the other side of a large gap. Many people will hike this long road, be careful of bears and local drunks at this spot. The drunks come out later in the season and will stay throughout the year.

Just some information!
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Old 04-02-2017, 04:04 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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I appreciate all of the information. All that I know about the place so far is what i have read.
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Old Yesterday, 11:43 PM
 
Location: Rust'n in Tustin
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I appreciate all of the information. All that I know about the place so far is what i have read.
I'm confused. How can you possibly consider retiring to someplace you've never been. Especially a place as remote as Whittier?

And yes, I've been there dozens of times.
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