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Moving to Alaska: North to the Wild Frontier (Page 2)

With their kids leaving the nest this couple decided to realize their dream of moving to Alaska and found it to be much more than advertised.

You just can’t overstate the adventure that awaits a resident hunter. In addition to bear, sheep and goats, there are special permits for buffalo or, if you have the means, muskox.

Then There’s the Alaskan Mentality
Alaskans are generally conservative (even some of the hippies carry guns) and are not interested in your business. Few people ever ask what you do for a living. To be accepted here, you have to live through a winter and be a year-round resident.

People in the 907 area code may live with fewer services, yet they are willing to pay more for the privilege of being in the Last Frontier. Some rural communities, places that can only be reached by boat or plane, deal with harsh living conditions and an extremely high cost of living.

That said, if you live on the road network within a few hours of Anchorage, gas is less expensive than in California, the produce at the grocery store is pretty impressive and there’s a Home Depot, Lowe’s, Sam’s and Costco within an hour to an hour and a half of you.

I’ve found there are a myriad of misconceptions about living in Alaska. It’s not as dark or cold as you may think, and I have never seen Sarah Palin at the grocery store in Wasilla. However, it is true that there’s no state income or sales tax and after one complete calendar year, the state really will issue you a check from the oil royalties program called the PFD (Permanent Fund Dividend).

Television portrays the public with images of Alaskans as tough, independent and living in an environment that is unarguably the Last Frontier. Yes, Alaskans are a little guarded to outsiders. However, they will come to your aid in the most dire circumstances and ask for nothing in return. For me, Alaska has meant so much more than simply putting my stake in the ground or getting a resident bear tag. I feel at home here because Alaskans create an enduring sense of Americanism that is getting harder to find every day.

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2 Responses to Moving to Alaska: North to the Wild Frontier (Page 2)

Kenny Mathiesen wrote:
October 03, 2011

Pete, I really enjoyed reading your article, and looking forward to visiting, and possibly bagging something big!. I am home and safe, and will be getting married this Sunday on the 9th. Give Aunt Sandy a hug for me. I miss you all Kenny

JT wrote:
July 08, 2011

I'm in! Talkeetna is also where Snow Dogs was filmed. I won't be too far behind you. Nice article. Thanks for sharing.