Should we move to Alaska?
Kate

San Diego, CA

#64 Sep 15, 2006
OK, should I move to Alaska.
Have a job offer to in Anchorage. Need to talk more
specifics of salary before I can make up my mind, but here is the scoop.
I am single (have been for 10 years :( and am currently living in S. Calif. Went back to college to learn new trade in the environmental engineering field, but having a hard time getting my foot in the door in the lower 48.
Not real happy in S. Cal. not the typical S. Cal gal, more outdoorsy tree hugger type. Have lived in several places but nowhere real cold. Did live in Kansas for 3 years which was cold, by that was 20 years ago. Visited Alaska 2 times. Went to Homer a few years ago by myself specifically to go kayaking and loved it. Of course it was summer.
So... want to go. Would like to meet a man while I am up there, but don't know if I am ready for that kind of cold and the dark thing.
Any feedback?
Orange Blossom

Girdwood, AK

#65 Sep 18, 2006
Kate wrote:
OK, should I move to Alaska.
Have a job offer to in Anchorage. Need to talk more
specifics of salary before I can make up my mind, but here is the scoop.
I am single (have been for 10 years :( and am currently living in S. Calif. Went back to college to learn new trade in the environmental engineering field, but having a hard time getting my foot in the door in the lower 48.
Not real happy in S. Cal. not the typical S. Cal gal, more outdoorsy tree hugger type. Have lived in several places but nowhere real cold. Did live in Kansas for 3 years which was cold, by that was 20 years ago. Visited Alaska 2 times. Went to Homer a few years ago by myself specifically to go kayaking and loved it. Of course it was summer.
So... want to go. Would like to meet a man while I am up there, but don't know if I am ready for that kind of cold and the dark thing.
Any feedback?
I have one piece of advice for you. Watch the new show called men in trees. In it there is a priceless line that pretty sums up the "man" thing here in Alaska. Men outnumber women significantly, so.....

"The odds are good, but the goods are odd."

I think that about sums it up. Move here because it will make you happy. Everything else will fall into place after you take care of #1.

It's taking some time for me to get used to things up here, and I came with a family, so I never had to do the single thing. If you are single, then you'll probably enjoy Anchorage.

The main thing is make sure you do plenty of research before you move. Don't rent or buy anything sight unseen.

Good luck, and follow your heart.
DeeNY

Middletown, NY

#66 Sep 21, 2006
Does anybody know anything about living in Talkeetna? I hear comments that it is an odd place in Alaska. What does that mean?
Rick

Seattle, WA

#67 Sep 21, 2006
DeeNY wrote:
Does anybody know anything about living in Talkeetna? I hear comments that it is an odd place in Alaska. What does that mean?
Talkeetna was the model for the fictional Alaskan of Cicely - seen in the 1990's series "Northern Exposure"
It's off the beaten path, at the end of the road and has a collection of interesting people - all there for a reason. It's also the primary starting point for all the climbers that attempt Mt McKinley.
Mags from Long Island NY

Stanhope, NJ

#68 Sep 23, 2006
ive recently been offered a 13 week job in alaska possibly starting in december, but as a single 26 y/o female im hesitant. i love winter sports (especially snowboarding) so that is a good match for alaska but...im worried about the lack of daylight for one, and secondly the social scene? are places like anchorage/juno "young" cities? or will i be completely bored out of my mind with no one to hang out with?
Something Obvious

Somerset, MA

#69 Sep 24, 2006
If you want mild temps, head to southeast Alaska. Bring raingear.

Citys are over-rated.

Fly to Seattle and get your fill, then leave it behind and go home to where things are normal.

I don't live there anymore, but for the life of me, I can't remember why I left...

;)
Former AK now in TN

Delano, TN

#70 Sep 24, 2006
Hey to you in Atlanta...our neighbor...I'm currently in Chattanooga.

AK is a serious culture shock to people from the lower 48, especially the South. I have lived in both the city and the bush of Alaska in a native Alaskan village. All I can say it's the experience of a lifetime, and my husband and I are itching to move back. But, so so different from the South. Palmer AK is nice, very rural farmlike, and close to Anchorage for the city comforts. A lot of Alaskans in the rural communities live very rudimentary lives. So don't expect to see beautiful log homes as showcased by TV. Expect to see half finished homes with a tarp and duct tape on half of it!!! But once you get past the shock of how people live...when you truly take the time to get to know and assimilate yourself with the Alaskan people, you find out how genuine of friends they can be. You cannot be a complainer, or one that they see as a "Lower 48-r" who will last one winter and go home. You have to become an Alaskan to enjoy Alaska.
tara kangas

Anchorage, AK

#71 Sep 24, 2006
no stay out of alaska
Impartial Observer

United States

#72 Sep 25, 2006
Kate wrote:
OK, should I move to Alaska.
Have a job offer to in Anchorage. Need to talk more
specifics of salary before I can make up my mind, but here is the scoop.
I am single (have been for 10 years :( and am currently living in S. Calif. Went back to college to learn new trade in the environmental engineering field, but having a hard time getting my foot in the door in the lower 48.
Not real happy in S. Cal. not the typical S. Cal gal, more outdoorsy tree hugger type. Have lived in several places but nowhere real cold. Did live in Kansas for 3 years which was cold, by that was 20 years ago. Visited Alaska 2 times. Went to Homer a few years ago by myself specifically to go kayaking and loved it. Of course it was summer.
So... want to go. Would like to meet a man while I am up there, but don't know if I am ready for that kind of cold and the dark thing.
Any feedback?
During my years living in Alaska, I was definitely the "outdoorsy type" so I fit right in. I'm not sure the California version of a "tree hugger" would be as happy.
The earth's resources are USED in Alaska....whether it is wood, fish, bear, or water.
Go up there with a "I am a member of PETA and I want to save the trees, too" attitude and you will NOT fit in and you will NOT be happy.
Lily

Paramount, CA

#73 Sep 28, 2006
I'm getting engaged to a man that have moved from Southern California to Anchorage over a year ago. I have an 11 years old son and was very stress about uprooting my son and moving there. Being a single mom for 11 years now, I am soooo ready and wanting to get out of the fast-pace, stressful Southern California for sometimes now.

My delima has been my son. My main concern is the change for him with making new friends and adjusting to new surroundings. My fiance makes good money where I don't have to make 6 figure income like here, which allows me to spend more time with my son. It what I always wanted but I'm so concern for my son.

Being a father yourself, any words of wisdom is appreciated.

Lily
Lily

Paramount, CA

#74 Sep 28, 2006
I'm getting engaged to a man that have moved from Southern California to Anchorage over a year ago. I have an 11 years old son and was very stress about uprooting my son and moving there. Being a single mom for 11 years now, I am soooo ready and wanting to get out of the fast-pace, stressful Southern California for sometimes now.

My delima has been my son. My main concern is the change for him with making new friends and adjusting to new surroundings. My fiance makes good money where I don't have to make 6 figure income like here, which allows me to spend more time with my son. It what I always wanted but I'm so concern for my son.

Being a father yourself, any words of wisdom is appreciated.

Lily
Saxplayer

AOL

#75 Sep 28, 2006
Alaska is a great place to live. I have personnaly been to every state in the country but I liked Alaska the best. I lived in Anchorage for 4 years with my wife, two son's (7-8 yrs) and a nephew (16 yrs). Anchorage has it's down sides for those who do not like winters. I myself loved the snow and the sun in the summer. The people were very nice and friendly. I would recommend moving to Alaska, but be aware that it is not like anyother place. There is wild life just outside your door and understand that you will need to be adventurous and about meeting people. Give it a try, living in Alaska may not be for you but you will never regret the time you spend there.
alaskatnt

Valdez, AK

#76 Oct 2, 2006
Bob Lobster wrote:
I remember my first trip to Valdez Alaska. The only other town I had lived in Alaska before visiting Valdez had been Anchorage, and after visiting Valdez, I was literally floored!!! The water was really green and pure, lots of nature, etc. but HOLY FECKIN JEZUS!!! It was a dump of a town as far as any culture goes... Unless a beer joint is your idea of higher culture, you better pick a town you can actually find someone educated enough to hold a conversation with, and then visit the pristene nature sites from your vehicle on weekends... That's the way the educated folks up here do it... Good luck!
Bob Lobster,

I've lived in Valdez, Anchorage, and Seward - Valdez and Seward are the playgrounds for many Alaskans who like fishing, kayaking, hiking and nature. They are small, quaint, safe towns and some of us are educated and smart enough to actually live in these places and not have to devote an occasional weekend to them. We see people like you, educated as you are, bringing your visiting relatives for a look.

During your visit to Valdez you obviously didn't connect with anyone you considered educated - don't know which bar you checked out. With phrases like "HOLY FECKIN JEZUS", how cultured do you think you sound?

Valdez happens to have a beautiful Convention Center where many of the guest artists that appear in Anchorage actually "warm up" their act in Valdez first.

Are you educated enough to know that the pipeline terminal is in Valdez where very highly educated professionals work. Snobby attitudes aren't welcome - stay in Anchorage please. Where are you originally from?
New Englander

Scituate, MA

#77 Oct 6, 2006
Thinking of moving to Alaska for a year because of Husbands job. Have two boys 9 and 11. How will they adjust? What is Eagle River like, and how are the schools?
TN Born and raised

Nashville, TN

#78 Oct 12, 2006
Nashville to be exact. I have spent alot of time in E-TN especially the Johnson City area. I often envisioned moving there and majoring in the banjo. However, I never did because my mother got sick and needed my support. She passed away 3 years ago. I am 2 years shy of 30 now and have a family with a daughter that is almost 2. I have always thought of living somewhere with water and mountains as I love backpacking / hikling, and canoeing / kayaking. And, did I mention that I love cold weather and the snow?
My wife's father is a pilot that is moving to AK in the next month or two. And, I believe that we are following suit. I currently work in the IT industry.
My wife has two more years of nursing school before she will be an R.N.
We are thrilled at the idea of snow and cold, gray days where fires can be built and hot chocolate can be a staple in one's diet.:)
I will not be moving up there without a job. Also, we did just buy a house here in June that we will be renting out...with the only reason of not selling it being that we have put alot into it and therefore would lose out greatly if we sold it now...
I do not have many concerns as the statements that I read here tend to be along the same thing every time. yes, every place in America has the educated and uneducated, the adventurous and the unadventurous, optismists and pessimists, the content and uncontented. I, myself am in need of a change. Like I said in my title- I was born and raised here. While I have travelled all over the U.S.- I would always come back to Nashville.
With that being said- I hope to grow with my family and build some memories in a new place where a new sense of 'family' can be established.
Today's society is so dependant on the 'me' and 'now' philosophy of daily living. My wife and I are tired of taht and desire a better way of life. I get the sense that we will love it in Anchorage / Wasilla... of course we will visit before purchasing or renting... and the basics will be established. But- any place is what you make of it. And mental health is more or less a state of mind.
And for us, new is good.
Nicki

Pittsburgh, PA

#79 Oct 13, 2006
I have family that live in Alaska, mainly Wasilla and Palmer, and I was actually thinking of moving there myself. But I was wondering about the job opportunities in Alaska. Where would be the best place to move to that isn't too croweded, but that isn't exactly "forty miles from nowhere"? I don't want to live in a city, small or large, but I don't want to go somewhere where it will be hard to find a job.
considering AK

Cincinnati, OH

#80 Oct 15, 2006
I just read an article about the crime rate in AK being one of the highest in the nation, do you all in AK think that is true? Also, is it minor crime or is it violent crimes? My family and I are considering AK and I felt that AK would be a better place to live than Cincy, OH. AK seems to be more "innocent" than the lower 48. I am tired of hearing all of the horrible stories in the news, the school killings, child predators, rapes, violent shootings, etc. Is it more of the same in AK? I am trying to do my homework before we make our decision, as it is a HUGE move for us. If anyone can suggest some great websites where I can get more information about living in AK. My other question is how bad is the extreme weather really? I grew up near Chicago and we had some snow and cold but how does that compare? How do you all survive the milk cost? My family goes through a gallon or so a day! We would be poor just from that! I need some AK "survival" tips I guess. Thanks!
considering AK

Cincinnati, OH

#81 Oct 15, 2006
tara kangas wrote:
no stay out of alaska
Why do you say that?
Rob

Saint Charles, KY

#82 Oct 17, 2006
considering a position as Pastor of a small church in King Cove. any help from the bleachers on this one? i have been to dutch harbor three times while in the service, and it really intrigued me. three short visits is a far cry from residency though! i am retired military and have a wife and two teenagers.
Sandy

United States

#83 Oct 18, 2006
I hate to sound like everyone else, but Alaska just seems to pull at us. My husband is management in IT and could possibly have an offer coming from Anchorage. My question has to do with special needs kids. Two of our triplets are identical with Downs so curious about the school system. also, is there a children's hospital there or in Fairbanks? Thanks guys. As a Texan, I understand wanting to be protective of home, but whoever said you enjoy alaska by thinking and being alaskan probably has the best idea.

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