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Old 01-30-2013, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Denver Metro
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Hi Everyone,
I'm currently going back to school and will have a bit of leeway in where I work. I currently live in Denver and I love it here, but I'm considering a move to Alaska. Now, I know I need to come there and check it out, yada yada yada, but here is a bit about me.
I love the outdoors, especially in the summer. I love hiking, mountain biking, and trail running. I like to run in general but I don't mind hitting the treadmill and the gym a lot of the year-I do that here in Denver too. I love the mountains, wildlife, nature, etc. I go up to the mountains as much as I can living in Denver, but I don't ski so I'm more of a summer mountain girl/winter observer and admirer of nature. I also like watching sports, especially pro football and college basketball. I enjoy a beer and a burger at a pub or a sportsbar, but I also like getting dressed up, drinking wine and trying new resturants. I also love museums and art. Will I like Alaska? Does it sound like a good fit for me?
I love the outdoors, especially in the summer. I love hiking, mountain biking, and trail running. I like to run in general but I don't mind hitting the treadmill and the gym a lot of the year-I do that here in Denver too. I love the mountains, wildlife, nature, etc. I go up to the mountains as much as I can living in Denver, but I don't ski so I'm more of a summer mountain girl/winter observer and admirer of nature. I also like watching sports, especially pro football and college basketball. I enjoy a beer and a burger at a pub or a sportsbar, but I also like getting dressed up, drinking wine and trying new resturants. I also love museums and art. Will I like Alaska? Does it sound like a good fit for me?
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Denver Metro
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Few more details...I am almost 30, by considering Alaska I mean I'm considering Anchorage specifically. Being from Colorado, I'm no stranger to cold and snow. I am a little worried about the darkness, but I'm hoping I'd be able to adapt to that. I also realize that Anchorage isn't the art capital of the world or anything, I just hope that there would be enough of that culture to stratch my artisitc itch so to speak
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:20 PM
 
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You'll like Alaska.

You keep mentioning stuff like this:

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mountain biking, and trail running.
Running and biking involve moving quickly, which is something that bears interpret as "charging behavior." Stay away from wooded trails during the spring in particular.
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Denver Metro
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You'll like Alaska.

You keep mentioning stuff like this:



Running and biking involve moving quickly, which is something that bears interpret as "charging behavior." Stay away from wooded trails during the spring in particular.
Haha, I'll keep that in mind...we don't have THAT many bears here in CO where I run and hike, but we do have mountain lions, fortunately they are fairly timid and scared of loud noises so my thudding through the trees keeps them at bay.
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Valdez, Alaska
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What is it that makes you want to move to Alaska?

Based on what you wrote, I think there are probably better places for you. There are a lot of really pretty places with lots of outdoor recreation and better/more summer weather, and cities that have more of what you're looking for. Up here, if you're not into winter sports, you're going to be observing and admiring for about six months of the year. Alaska is pretty behind on development of singletrack MTB trails, btw. You're going to be a lot more limited here than you would be in a lot of the Lower 48.
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Denver Metro
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What is it that makes you want to move to Alaska?

Based on what you wrote, I think there are probably better places for you. There are a lot of really pretty places with lots of outdoor recreation and better/more summer weather, and cities that have more of what you're looking for. Up here, if you're not into winter sports, you're going to be observing and admiring for about six months of the year. Alaska is pretty behind on development of singletrack MTB trails, btw. You're going to be a lot more limited here than you would be in a lot of the Lower 48.
Hmmm...I think I like the idea of "getting away" and yet still being in the city. I am also looking for a culture change...not sure what I mean by this, just the idea of going somewhere different while still being in the US. I also think it looks incredibly beautiful and it seems to have a mystical quality that I can't put my finger on. However, maybe when I get here and see the WalMart and all the other trappings of American life, I will no longer ascribe this mysticism to Alaska. I just feel that is unmatched in beauty and a really unique place that I could grow to appreciate. I may be viewing it completely wrong.
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Denver Metro
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Tigre, what do you like about it? Why are you there versus anywhere else?
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:10 PM
 
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Lots of trails here in Anchorage for year round use. I hike out at Kincaid a lot. In the winter they have miles of groomed trails for the cross country skiers. I run across more moose then I do bears.

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http://www.trailsofanchorage.com/TrailwatchMap.pdf





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Old 01-30-2013, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Denver Metro
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How amazing! I ran into a moose (female) one time in my life and that was on a hike in Rocky Mtn National Park. I've never even seen a male (except at the zoo haha) and I'd love to. I hear they can be pretty aggressive though...is this true?
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:23 PM
 
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How amazing! I ran into a moose (female) one time in my life and that was on a hike in Rocky Mtn National Park. I've never even seen a male (except at the zoo haha) and I'd love to. I hear they can be pretty aggressive though...is this true?
Ask my dog; he tried to play with a moose calf once. He was lucky he wasn't killed.

They can be aggressive, and they don't avoid human contact in the same way that most bears do.
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