One thing that naturally comes along with moving to an Alaskan island is being asked a thousand questions. They range from the traditional ones about the weather and culture to somewhat rude ones, such as “What do you even do up there?” or “How big is your igloo?” True, there are some things that Dear Hubby and I have had to sacrifice for our lives here, but they are well worth what we get in return. I hope that this post clears up all the confusion.
People automatically assume that because we’re talking about Alaska that the entire state is one giant blizzard. True, there are areas on the interior of the state that reach mega negative number temps, but that is not the case on our island. Right now, at the end of August, it averages about 50 degrees on a daily basis. In the dead of winter, the temperatures range between 10 and 25 degrees, and might drop even more after the norther ice pack shows up. We do not get a lot of snow, but the winds get quite lively at times, usually between 10-25 mph. A few times last year, the winds got up to 100 miles an hour.
But what might be left to be desired about the weather, we have charm.
I’ve made mention in the past about what it’s like getting food from it’s source to my mouth. First, there are no restaurants here. Everything is homemade or cooked at home. You can definitely buy and be satisfied by what is offered at the A.C. store on the island, but there is a price to pay for it. 1/2 gallon of milk costs $7.00 and the fresh fruits and vegetables are not always available. We do have a bypass shopping system that Dear Hubby and I utilize as much as possible; buying items in bulk and it comes every other week. Again this doesn’t provide all the necessities or wants, but it sure does help. A final option is having food shipped. Depending on what it is and its availability from local retailers in Anchorage, we may buy from the following sources: Amazon.com, Fred Meyer, or Target. Most of the time, an email home will secure a care package pretty easily =)
So sure, fresh strawberries and Almond Breeze milk isn’t in my kitchen here, we have picturesque views that fill me up instead.
Another question that I get a lot is what is it we do up here since there are no malls, no movie theaters, no sporting arenas, no stores. It definitely did take awhile to get used to having all this “free time” on our hands. Dear Hubby has his XBOX that keeps him busy, and I now have my blog. Another thing that we do that keeps us busy is reading. Now you can laugh if you want to, but it’s one of those things like, “you’re going to make fun of me for being healthy and not drinking the night away so that I can run my 16 miles tomorrow?” It’s a healthy and cheaper alternative than retail therapy.
I would prefer to look at this everyday than another cookie cutter strip mall:
Alaska is known for it’s crazy-dangerous animal population: bears, moose, wolves, and other creepers hiding in the forrest.
Thankfully, this is not a concern for us on the island. The biggest issue we have, animal-wise, is with the foxes and stray cats that wander into our garbage bins, looking for an easy meal. There are no wolves, bears, or moose here. We do however have fur seals, a herd of reindeer, and a bazillion different species of birds. And they all live somewhere out there: