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Old 05-24-2010, 09:51 PM
 
Location: Deltana, AK
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Yeah, aside from the clinical SAD sufferers (which Floyd correctly pointed out crops up mainly in spring), people dislike the winters up here because many of us have a mental block against getting out and doing stuff in the cold. Sounds like you've got most of us beat there! Being happy in winter is a HUGE bonus for enjoying life in Alaska overall. The key with any season is simply getting out and enjoying it doing whatever the hell, EVEN IF YOU DON'T FEEL LIKE IT at first.

I've found that a lot of people don't get out in the summer because they're afraid of the critters, especially getting out by themselves. That's a logical fear to an extent but you can battle it with a little self-education, a can of bear spray (or a big gun if you need it to feel secure), and by joining the huge array of outdoor groups in the populated areas (try meetup.com if you don't know where to start). Fishing, hunting, and boating all take some substantial investment, in money and learning curve, so I'd say just start with hiking since it sounds like you don't have a particular pre-disposition to other summer activities.

One other thing that I haven't heard from anybody else, but I've found myself, is that mid-day light up here seems particularly oppressive and even depressing, and the long days mean many of us don't see much of the late and early day light. If you can alter your schedule in order to get outside in early morning or late evening, do it. If you're anything like me, you won't regret it.

Oh, and you'll be amazed how much the shallower lakes warm up in the next month, especially in the interior. If you can enjoy the winters, you'll enjoy the lakes in July
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Old 05-24-2010, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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