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Discovering Wild Alaska: Moving To Alaska - Making The Last Frontier Home Sweet Home

Updated on August 18, 2016
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Barb has lived, worked and played in Alaska for more than 30 years. "It's a dream come true life few get to experience."

Moving to Alaska is one thing.  Thinking about living in Alaska is exciting and fun to talk about. Living in Alaska is quite another thing entirely. Breathtaking and Treacherous  Courtesy of earl53 at morguefile.com
Moving to Alaska is one thing. Thinking about living in Alaska is exciting and fun to talk about. Living in Alaska is quite another thing entirely. Breathtaking and Treacherous Courtesy of earl53 at morguefile.com

Living In Alaska

Alaska grew on me quickly with it's first impressions of beauty and mystery. It really did. It stole my heart and refused to give it back. I didn't resist. Yet, I wasn't one of those people who always wanted to visit Alaska or like a friend of mine who was born in Georgia who said he wanted to live in Alaska since he was a little boy. He read about it in a book and was captured thereafter. That wasn't me at all.

The prospect of living in Alaska was even further from my mind. Honestly, it was my husband who asked me to request it. Request it, actually ask to be sent to Alaska I thought? You know I gave him quite a look. Hawaii was my first choice. Warm weather suited me just fine and I didn't care to feel like an icicle. I had no way of knowing that later in life I would be grateful to be a resident of the cool Last Frontier state of Alaska. That's right they gave me my second choice- Alaska. I probably rolled my eyes at the time. Especially since I got to precede my husband in travel until family housing was available.

Ah well, I deal with and adjust to new circumstances fairly quickly. Besides, being a creature of habit, I also can become attached to those things, people or places that seem to suit me. That's what happened with Alaska. My attitude changed. My heart softened towards this massive sometimes frozen, sometimes lush terrain. I was unprepared for the way a place like Alaska can effect your heart and emotions. It definitely changed mine. So you have fair warning if you decide to travel to Alaska.


If you plan to travel to Alaska by car or crusie ship you will see this welcome to Alaska sign.  Photo by Richard Martin Alaska Cruise 2008
If you plan to travel to Alaska by car or crusie ship you will see this welcome to Alaska sign. Photo by Richard Martin Alaska Cruise 2008 | Source

Welcome To Alaska

After a tour of duty overseas and a couple of tours stateside, Alaska literally took my breath away. A naïve 20 something, I thought I had seen it all. Everywhere I turned was a different class of beauty. The Alaskan winter was my welcoming mat and it rendered me speechless. It was five below zero when I arrived in early October at a base outside Delta Junction. Evening came in the late afternoon. Looking back I remember that the base immediately reminded me of Hogan's Heroes. Yes, I know I'm dating myself. But It actually gave me comfort. I now had a part in my own drama, set in Alaska. Ready, Set, Action! Do they still say that?

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This is my dream come true Alaskan adventure. It's finally time for your own pie in the sky adventure vacation of a lifetime. Visit Alaska!  Photo Courtesy of skeeze at  pixabay.com
This is my dream come true Alaskan adventure. It's finally time for your own pie in the sky adventure vacation of a lifetime. Visit Alaska! Photo Courtesy of skeeze at pixabay.com

Alaska Adventure

Believe it or not they weren't quite sure what to do with me. Yes, I had orders that directed me there and all. But for whatever reason they weren't expecting me. The Army had sent me all the way to this almost remote post in Alaska, but I wasn't expected. Okay my little Alaska adventure had already begun But they fed me, so things weren't altogether bad, just uncertain. And I was still having fun. I was given time off until they figured out where the glitch was in my paperwork and I didn't intend on wasting it.


Northern Exposure - The Complete First and Second Seasons
Northern Exposure - The Complete First and Second Seasons

Northern Exposure is not a totally true depiction of Alaska. But it will leave you awfully curious, laughing your head off and wondering which parts about Alaska are true. If you've never had the opportunity to see this show. You really missed a treat. But you don't have to miss it twice. Don't take the show too seriously though. It's only a fun-loving parody of Alaska's Last Frontier, it's beauty, it's challenges and yes, it's off the cuff and quirky people too. We do have some quirky and strange people here too.

 

Northern Life Adventure

So with my immediate future in the balances I was free to check out the place. I was still part of the military service and no-one was accusing me of being a spy...just yet. Like I said, they fed me. That was good. No use in me getting all paranoid.

In the back of my mind, the old Hogan's Heroes theme song went with me throughout the next three weeks. But in reality it was more like the TV show, Northern Exposure, because I was having too much fun. I was having a ball in the cold while they couldn't make up their mind what to do with me. I decided maybe I shouldn't unpack just yet.......and sure enough within days they drafted paperwork and sent me further north to Fairbanks.

I was on a northern life adventure of the unknown and some 30 years would go by without me even noticing. That only happens when you're really living. And by the way, Alaska still has at least a piece of my heart. Can't imagine living anywhere else.

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      Barb Johnson 

      3 years ago from Alaska's Kenai Peninsula

      Oh it is ologsinquito. I never tire of it. It's still a goal of mine to visit the entire state. You know we never know all the ends and outs of where we live or what's in our own backyard. Hope you get a chance to visit at least once.

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      ologsinquito 

      3 years ago from USA

      I'd love to visit sometime. I confess to watching Alaska Bush People and it looks like a fascinating place.

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