hello Alaska RIU!!
I currently live in AZ, bu ti hate the desert and want to live in the snow and ice.
I am wondering what you would tell a desert boy wanting to move to Alaska?
I hear that weed is pretty much as legal as it can be up there...and that people pretty much leave you alone if you keep you head down. There is good deer meat, good people, and a slower way of life.
I want that, i want to grow, and raise my family away from most people...is Alaska a good place for me??:P
This is an amazing place. If you've never been, you need to come for sure. It's a great place and a lot of people from AZ move here or have two places here and there. Up to an oz in your home is a non-offense, no arrest, no fine. People do tend to leave you alone but there are assholes that have moved up from the lower 48 that do not have the local mentality of "live and let live and stay the fuck out of other people's business". Our deer are caribou and moose and one of each would typically be over 2,000 lbs. There are "regular" deer also but most don't bother when you can have 800 lbs of moose with one shot. AK has millions of square miles where you can get away from people but that is not real advisable unless you've spent a year or so here within reach of facilities and know what to expect and how to deal with the unexpected. i.e. you build yourself a cabin 20 miles from the nearest neighbor. It's -30 degrees and snow is 4' deep and your cabin catches fire; you don't have time to grab anythng but your boots. Your coat is inside, along with everything else. You're fucked. Anywhere except Anchorage would probably be fine for growing; the best would be up in the valley or on the Kenai. PM me and tell me what you do for work; that's a big thing. The cost of living up here is expensive, much moreso the first year; after that you get some breaks and will have learned where to shop. We just moved up on a shoe string this past April; I can tell you how to do it on the cheap.
Well i am retired Military. So i have a fixed income that isnt a whole lot. My wifey works in health care.
I have been through the military's S.e.r.e. training course so im pretty good outdoors etc.
I have a bad back but, will be going to school when i get there for the extra VA money fro schooling.
Why is Anchorage bad for growing?? seems it would be a good place .....
Id like to live the sort of life where i can hunt for some meat, fish some fish, grow some weed, and shoot some guns....All while on a 4wheeler...
what sort of degree would be good to get if planning on living up there?? Wildlife conservation comes to mind, or something in Energy etc...
Philosophist I think you're all over it man. The S.E.R.E training would come in handy, especially if it included arctic training. Jungle training at Ft. Picket won't help much, LOL. Anchorage is a great place; I live here now, but for growing it's best to be out a bit. I live in a duplex and the next door neighbor is about 15 feet from my house and my place is very small. You get a lot more house for your money in the valley. Just come on up man; I'll do anything I can to help you out on this end. I can tell you the best (cheapest) way to get your vehicle up here, the things you'll need and the things you won't, where to get more "stuff" for next to nothing, etc. Hunting, fishing, 4wheelers, snowmachines, boats, guns, and booze are a way of life up here; that's what I came for too. I figure after 17 vacations up here, and living here two times for a couple of months each time, I figured it was time to make the move. Oh, and the economy is great here. Anybody that wants to work can find work and usually make a good living.
"Some of my finest hours have been spent on my back veranda, smoking hemp and observing as far as my eye can see."- Thomas Jefferson MISFITS on AMERICAN IDOL, I didn't do that but I know the guy who did.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wI_1SyHo3Qo
Holy smokes rents in Anchorage are EXPENSIVE!!! growing in some of those places seems impossible><
Are rents that high outside of Anchorage?
Also can i just go hunt for meat when i need meat?? Thats the allure of Alaska to me, i want to be self sufficient. I want to be able to do man shit, like feed myself, and chop wood hahahahaL;P
Im looking at pictures and im already in love with the whole place....
and i KNOW the 1st cold will just obliterate me...im used to 115 and shit haha:P
Moose1sm.jpgYep, the housing is expensive but in the valley it's not quite as bad. You need to see the movie "Alone in the Wilderness", LOL talk about getting you fired up!! It's an incredible place for sure and if it were easy to move here we would be overrun with people. Here in south central the winters are not that bad, seldom hits zero and it really is a dry cold. The summers are unreal, barely hit 70 half a dozen times this summer here. This year it's been very rainy and gray skies, not typical at all but still nice. I took this pic a couple of weeks ago from my front porch.