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Old 05-24-2017, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Back and Beyond
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^Why do all the prettiest places tend to be the rainiest ?

Wife had some sweet offers from a few Northern California hospitals a while back. Wasn't sure with the taxes if the increase in pay would even be worth it. Some were $15-$20 more an hour than what she makes here. I also don't enjoy multiple days in a row of cool damp grey cloudy drizzly rainy weather.

I also think I've lived in Alaska for just a tad too long to ever adjust to a place like California.
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Old 05-24-2017, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Interior Alaska
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^Why do all the prettiest places tend to be the rainiest ?

Wife had some sweet offers from a few Northern California hospitals a while back. Wasn't sure with the taxes if the increase in pay would even be worth it. Some were $15-$20 more an hour than what she makes here. I also don't enjoy multiple days in a row of cool damp grey cloudy drizzly rainy weather.

I also think I've lived in Alaska for just a tad too long to ever adjust to a place like California.
I don't know, but I really loved it there. All of my sisters lived there at one point, but only one of us could earn a decent living there. If the rest of us could have, I'm sure we all would have stayed.

Doesn't seem like the politics were quite as stupid back then as it they are now, but I could be wrong.
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Old 05-24-2017, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Alexander Archipelago
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^Why do all the prettiest places tend to be the rainiest ?
Because rain is what makes them that way.

Even the wettest locations in northern California don't quite measure up to SE Alaska, or windward Hawaii, because the places in California have distinct dry seasons, while those in Alaska and Hawaii do not.

So, number of days with rain, and total tally in inches/cms doesn't measure up.
Rainiest place in Cali is about 100 inches a year, while Alaska and Hawaii they're over 200.

Which is not to sell California short-it's plenty rainy and beautiful in those areas.

If SE had a dry season, we'd get too many people here. You know, just like Forks, Washington.

Windward Hawaii doesn't need one, with a tropical sun always overhead to dry things out quickly.
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Old 05-24-2017, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Interior Alaska
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Because rain is what makes them that way.

Even the wettest locations in northern California don't quite measure up to SE Alaska, or windward Hawaii, because the places in California have distinct dry seasons, while those in Alaska and Hawaii do not.

So, number of days with rain, and total tally in inches/cms doesn't measure up.
Rainiest place in Cali is about 100 inches a year, while Alaska and Hawaii they're over 200.

Which is not to sell California short-it's plenty rainy and beautiful in those areas.

If SE had a dry season, we'd get too many people here. You know, just like Forks, Washington.

Windward Hawaii doesn't need one, with a tropical sun always overhead to dry things out quickly.
There is a summer there, but the word "dry" can only be used relative to the other places you mentioned. hahaha.

Nothing there is ever truly dry. Everything is on a continuum of wet to moldy. God forbid you ever try to pack or seal anything up
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Old 07-07-2017, 11:20 AM
 
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Default Relocation update

Well...I have been in Haines for a few weeks now and just wanted to thank those that offered their input. I secured a clean affordable rental in town as well as a part-time job to supplement my pension. Haines appears to my kind of place, life is pretty good at the moment but only time will tell.

The funny thing is the modern internet i.e. Craigslist, Facebook, online newspaper, etc., played no role whatsoever in my hunt for a rental/employment, instead they were both secured the old fashioned way, simply by word of mouth.
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Old 07-07-2017, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Dangling from a mooses antlers
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Well...I have been in Haines for a few weeks now and just wanted to thank those that offered their input. I secured a clean affordable rental in town as well as a part-time job to supplement my pension. Haines appears to my kind of place, life is pretty good at the moment but only time will tell.

The funny thing is the modern internet i.e. Craigslist, Facebook, online newspaper, etc., played no role whatsoever in my hunt for a rental/employment, instead they were both secured the old fashioned way, simply by word of mouth.
Awesome! Make it through your first winter and you'll know if that's the place you want to be.
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Old 07-07-2017, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Alexander Archipelago
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Well...I have been in Haines for a few weeks now and just wanted to thank those that offered their input. I secured a clean affordable rental in town as well as a part-time job to supplement my pension. Haines appears to my kind of place, life is pretty good at the moment but only time will tell.

The funny thing is the modern internet i.e. Craigslist, Facebook, online newspaper, etc., played no role whatsoever in my hunt for a rental/employment, instead they were both secured the old fashioned way, simply by word of mouth.
Congratulations. Word of mouth seems well fitted for a place like this, as it's a welcome throwback to simpler times.

BTW, leaving town for a few weeks in winter usually isn't held against someone, if finances allow and you're so inclined. I think it's a good idea to get out once in awhile because it can add to your appreciation of what you have.
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Old 07-07-2017, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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Glad all is well. When I was a kid there in the mid-80's there was a great bakery in town. Best donuts I've ever had.
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Old 03-12-2018, 11:16 AM
 
Location: St. Louis
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I decided to revive this old thread rather than start a new one b/c this is close to the area I'm looking at, which is Tongass. I want to come up for a visit to the area this summer and I'm looking at a map and wondering how y'all get around? Is it all ferries? Can you take your truck to the islands to camp? Is it possible to get substitute teaching jobs up there?
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Old 03-12-2018, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Dangling from a mooses antlers
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I decided to revive this old thread rather than start a new one b/c this is close to the area I'm looking at, which is Tongass. I want to come up for a visit to the area this summer and I'm looking at a map and wondering how y'all get around? Is it all ferries? Can you take your truck to the islands to camp? Is it possible to get substitute teaching jobs up there?

Yes, you can take your truck on the ferry and drive it off at your intended destination. Not cheap.


Alaska State Ferry | Alaska Marine Highway System
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