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Old 02-09-2012, 03:06 PM
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Hello Everyone,

Actually this coming Saturday will be 2 weeks since I landed in my retirement state. It was a balmy 60 below zero for the next 3 days! What a welcome! I was afforded a vacant cabin to call home until we start building a new one in the spring. I will be going for small, probably 20x16 with a half loft. It will be easier to heat. I plan on using solar, wind turbine, and a generator to keep some creature comforts. The only drawback will be the solar, because of the latitude I find myself. You can be assured that I will have a ton of questions, and eventually alot of pictures, so I'm looking forward to all the good advice, constructive criticism, and devils advocates!

God Bless

Jeff
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Old 02-09-2012, 03:23 PM
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Reading your post made me put on my sweater!!! Burrr.... Looking forward to all your post and pictures
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AK has been my dream home. Good luck.

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Old 02-09-2012, 08:15 PM
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Jeff, whereabouts are you located ? 60 below does not sound like the coastal area ? Is there a plentiful supply of trees for wood ? I know in the Northern parts the trees look like toothpicks before they finally give out. There are some articles written on this site regarding Alaska, but in my investigations, real estate seemed pretty expensive and lot sizes a lot smaller than here in the midwest. Perhaps the only way to get an accurate impression is to be there in person...
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Old 02-09-2012, 10:19 PM
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Westcliffe,

You are right in some respects, I am located about 50 miles south of Fairbanks. Most trees are that this black spruce I think, I am lucky though that I have some good trees as well. You will not find any good land from what the state is selling. It's disgusting the the state is organizing them into 5 acre lots like a California subdivision. Your best bet is to find someone who is selling off of an original 160 acre homestead that the Government used to give out before 1976.

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Jeff,
Are you still up here? I am belated in replying to you since I just joined this forum, but have been in Alaska since 1989. I have a small plot south of Willow. We have goats and chickens and grow about everything that can be grown at this latitude. We used to have sheep and sled dogs, but as we age things get tougher. We raise turkeys and pigs during the summer.

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Howdy and welcome from southern Oklahoma.
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Thanks! How did a Texas Plowgirl end up in Oklahoma??
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Thanks! How did a Texas Plowgirl end up in Oklahoma??
Lol, Came up here a few yrs ago to help my mom.
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My husband and I lived in Anchorage from 83 to 86 and LOVED it. If it wasn't for wanting to live near our families, we would have stayed in Alaska.

I hope all goes well for you in getting your place set up.
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Welcome from the lower 48. I thought AK would be nice also untill I found out about the Knats, skeeters, flies, and the no see-ums. I guess at 60 below there not alot of them out yet.
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The bugs only bother us for 4-5 months of the year here. Moose have been real pests this year--stealing hay and generally making nuisances of themselves. Bears are awakening now, but there isn't much to eat yet, so they will be the next hazards. In June the salmon will start running and the gardens will be mostly in, so that will be the beginning of the subsistence part of the year.
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The bugs only bother us for 4-5 months of the year here.
So half the year the bugs eat you alive and the other half you freeze.


When I went to Alaska the first thing my friends did was give me a can of OFF.
I finally figured it out.
That's like perfume to skitters.
They know there is fresh blood by the smell of OFF.
Same as when deer smell bacon cooking, they know it's hunting season so they leave the area for a few weeks.
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Yep, that about sums it up. March and September are good months--bright days and no bugs, March has snow for playing and September is hunting.
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Hello Everyone,

Actually this coming Saturday will be 2 weeks since I landed in my retirement state. It was a balmy 60 below zero for the next 3 days! What a welcome! I was afforded a vacant cabin to call home until we start building a new one in the spring. I will be going for small, probably 20x16 with a half loft. It will be easier to heat. I plan on using solar, wind turbine, and a generator to keep some creature comforts. The only drawback will be the solar, because of the latitude I find myself. You can be assured that I will have a ton of questions, and eventually alot of pictures, so I'm looking forward to all the good advice, constructive criticism, and devils advocates!

God Bless

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Welcome to the 49th state. Where are you located? Must be the interior near Fairbanks or north. Good luck with whatever you are doing. It is a tough place to get started in, but very rewarding once you do.
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Welcome to the 49th state. Where are you located? Must be the interior near Fairbanks or north. Good luck with whatever you are doing. It is a tough place to get started in, but very rewarding once you do.
I see you changed your "call sign" from HCorpsman to DoninAlaska.
I am in NE South Dakota. Been here 7 years. Probably the "last stop on this ride" for me. I live on a 40 acre farm. 8 head of angus cross and 1 Jersey.
Chickens range from 1 to 10 depending on the appetite of the varmints.
Working in the field of medicine, still.
Hope you are doing the same.
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