“You’re Moving Where?!?” Yup, that’s the exact response I received when I told people that we were going to move to Alaska. Now try inflecting shock…excitement…and finally disgust into that statement and it pretty well covers all the verbal tones I got from everyone in my life when we announced it. Big Move–Big Changes!
And that was the second question we were asked, it’s one that’s a little harder to answer.
Alaska has a romantic vision associated with it. Turn on the tube and judging by the number of reality, outdoor, home buying, travel shows and documentaries that there are about Alaska, there’s a serious fascination with the Last Frontier.
For me it’s no different, I’m a victim of the Alaska dream. Living in Alaska has been on my bucket list. If there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s be careful what you add to that bucket list because if you envision it strongly enough, it’s likely going to happen…and so here we are…in Alaska.
Short answer? We are here because Jeff is a big-time outdoorsman, I am a big-time adventurer, and my three younger kids are along for the ride.
I also found after living in Hawaii, I actually really enjoyed living somewhere not in the Lower 48. I like the isolation and insulation that distance brings. In a state 1/3 the size of the lower 48 states combine, Alaska has only about 737,000 residents. There’s lots of room to roam, and not many people to share it with. My kind of place!
Choosing Wasilla Alaska…
Jeff took a job as a dentist in Anchorage. However, with almost half of Alaska’s population there, that wasn’t the Alaska we were looking for. We made the decision to live where we play and commute to work vs. live where we work and commute to play. Great decision!
We needed to be within an hour of Anchorage, so we decided on the Mat-Su Valley about 45 min. north-east of Anchorage. Technically we are in between Wasilla and Palmer and our home is located just above the Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge.
I love this location as I can drive about 1/2 mile in the morning and be in wildlife heaven! Usually, there’s a whole fleet of moose grazing. And with break-up (spring) in full swing, all sorts of birds and other animals are emerging.
The real positives are the lakes everywhere here, the scenery stuns me every morning, I have indoor plumbing, I haven’t had a bear on my porch yet (did have a moose), and there’s a Target store in the vicinity. It’s a great place to dip our toes into Alaska before Jeff thinks he’s moving me off the grid (I will not give up my indoor toilet without a fight!)
So, for all our friends and family who think we may have fallen off the earth, or those who just wonder what’s up with Wasilla, Alaska, check out the video below to get a taste of this new place we call home.!
*Map courtesy of Alaska101