move to Alaska
crimsondesert

Henderson, NV

#1 Dec 29, 2006
Since the year 2000, we haved lived in Las Vegas half of each year and picked another place to live the other half of the year. Our goal was to find a permanent place we loved to live each year when not in Las Vegas. We have picked Alaska two times, Haines and Kenai. Without a doubt, compared to every other places we ever visited, Alaska is by far the best. The vast wilderness and independent attitude of the people are hard to describe to someone who has not been there. We have also traveled extensively so we have many places to compare including living 8 years in the Bahamas. We love Alaska so much we have decided Haines will be our permanent home 6 months every year starting in September 2008.

We always drive. We have driven in February when it was cold and snowy. We have never had any major problems. We use the Milepost book for specific reference. We fill up the truck regularly which is necessary in the winter because not all the places selling gas are open. Our only problem was stopping too late for the night on two occasions. One time resulted in having to drive through a snowy pass at night when it was snowing heavily. The other time, we discovered all the rooms were filled by the men working the gas fields. But, if you plan the distance between gas stations and hotels via the Milepost, you shouldn't have any trouble. Also, call the hotels before you leave to see if they're open. Do not depend on your cell phone because service is often nonexistent.

It is also very safe in Alaska compared to other places. Just check the murder and violent crime statistics. And, we never had any problems with wildlife. In both Kenai and Haines, Moose came into the yard but we were smart enough not to go out and interact with them. We also followed the basics like not putting out bird feeders, etc. And, we always locked out garbage containers. In Haines bears occasionally came around but we never had problems with them either.

Prior to every move, we always read the local newspapers for several months. We currently subcribe to the Chilkat Valley News which is the local newspaper for Haines. It's printed once a week. For $48. a year they mail us a copy. When we went to Kenai we subscribed to their paper. This helps orient us to the town and town happenings. We also found our apartments through the local papers. You can often access the newspapers online but they don't contain everything in the print ads. The business ads, etc. give a better feel for what is available in the town.
CherylAndBill

Los Angeles, CA

#2 Sep 24, 2007
Loved your article, We too have reasearched our hearts out and have decided haines will be our home, Small world! I lived in las Vegas for 26 years! Are you still going to Haines??
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crimsondesert wrote:
Since the year 2000, we haved lived in Las Vegas half of each year and picked another place to live the other half of the year. Our goal was to find a permanent place we loved to live each year when not in Las Vegas. We have picked Alaska two times, Haines and Kenai. Without a doubt, compared to every other places we ever visited, Alaska is by far the best. The vast wilderness and independent attitude of the people are hard to describe to someone who has not been there. We have also traveled extensively so we have many places to compare including living 8 years in the Bahamas. We love Alaska so much we have decided Haines will be our permanent home 6 months every year starting in September 2008.
We always drive. We have driven in February when it was cold and snowy. We have never had any major problems. We use the Milepost book for specific reference. We fill up the truck regularly which is necessary in the winter because not all the places selling gas are open. Our only problem was stopping too late for the night on two occasions. One time resulted in having to drive through a snowy pass at night when it was snowing heavily. The other time, we discovered all the rooms were filled by the men working the gas fields. But, if you plan the distance between gas stations and hotels via the Milepost, you shouldn't have any trouble. Also, call the hotels before you leave to see if they're open. Do not depend on your cell phone because service is often nonexistent.
It is also very safe in Alaska compared to other places. Just check the murder and violent crime statistics. And, we never had any problems with wildlife. In both Kenai and Haines, Moose came into the yard but we were smart enough not to go out and interact with them. We also followed the basics like not putting out bird feeders, etc. And, we always locked out garbage containers. In Haines bears occasionally came around but we never had problems with them either.
Prior to every move, we always read the local newspapers for several months. We currently subcribe to the Chilkat Valley News which is the local newspaper for Haines. It's printed once a week. For $48. a year they mail us a copy. When we went to Kenai we subscribed to their paper. This helps orient us to the town and town happenings. We also found our apartments through the local papers. You can often access the newspapers online but they don't contain everything in the print ads. The business ads, etc. give a better feel for what is available in the town.

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