Glen Brausky wrote:I did what your talking about doing over 20 years ago. An old motor home , pickup and $5k in pocket. Have had many properties and built a bunch of cabins around the state. Sell and move someplace else. Good way to see the state.
Get a pickup with camper. Always have a place to live and can check out the state on road system easier. Property taxes are high but there are places in state with none like where I live. Property prices are getting crazy up here just like everywhere but if you look a lot you can find a deal once in a while. Closer to towns and cities means higher prices and taxes.
Anchorage-30 minutes from Alaska.
You just need to do it or you will be in the planning stages for 20 years like most the people on this site.
Lorinne Anderson wrote:Whilst I am sorry to hear you have hurt your back, I am so grateful it happened BEFORE you jumped ship for Alaska! I can only imagine the implications had this occurred during a log cabin build, alone, in the middle of nowhere!!!
There is nothing wrong with stick built, staying put or altering plans when things change. I am so glad you have found that you do not HAVE to relocate thousands of miles to find areas with fewer regs and barriers to what your dreams include.
I view your journey from your very first post to now to be an incredibly useful guide, chock full of a myriad of fabulous advice - whether to relocate/move to Alaska or seek to meet your goals differently.
Thank you for sharing your ongoing adventures!
Jessica Mcdonald wrote:Not sure if this is still being monitored, but I'd like to give some other perspective that has not been addressed here, that I would assume a permie would be interested in.
-Most of the state has a very short, cool growing season; your staple crops mostly don't do well here, except potatoes. You will need to plan for a very large garden of short season crops. Forage/hunting is also limited with crappy salmon runs the last several years and getting a tag for moose or caribou is not a guarantee, let alone having a successful hunt.
- At this latitude, the trees grow in different patterns; with extreme sunlight in the very short season, only a handful of decent deciduous firewood trees grow, and very slowly. Spruce beetle is devastating our evergreens.
- I truly question real sustainability here. 99% of our states food is trucked or shipped in. Soil is very poor in a lot of places. The months of cold and dark require a lot of energy consumption for comfort or even survival. Even keep basic livestock such as chickens is challenging, and we don't have a ton of predator pressure (mostly hawks and eagles, little fox)
- The road system here is very primitive outside the Anchorage and Matsu Boroughs. Some properties are only accessible via snowmachine or airplane. It makes them extra expensive to build on and get supplies to.
It is a very pretty place, I just very often contemplate the footprint of people living here. It seems like an unnecessary challenge to impose upon yourself if you are only looking for a cold climate and remoteness. I understand the draw and do not mean to dissuade you, but I have spent several winters here now and spend a lot of time contemplating real sustainability here in modern times.
John C Daley wrote:Aurora, I have to ask about your name, how is it pronounced, and what is its history please?
Bad backs are bad news, but proper treatment can sort it out.
There is no reason not to continue with logs. If you change the method on working.
Sleds, swing cranes, sliding gantrys would be great to set up and use.
Most people ignore them and see the time involved as lost time.
But once in place they save an enormous amount of time.
Think about it.
Lucy Osbourne wrote:Live in Willow AK winter can get to 30- 40 below for a couple of weeks at a time. Have a garden in summer in a high tunnel and a totally outdoor garden mounded with black plastic. Peas, kale onions, potatoes, cabbage cauliflower, brocolli grow well, but have to start them indoor in February, March and April. Need fence around garden 6 feet tall to keep moose out. Hunting is hit and miss .D'ont start outdoor garden til after May 25 most years. Do a temp check of soil first. Our house is wood. Thinking of trying to build a small cabin out of earthbags. Someone did it in Fairbanks, winters colder longer there. We have no permafrost here. State has areas of all permafrost ie Bethel (houses built on pilings or sandpads) amd intermittent permafrost Fairbanks. Some people work butt off during summer construction season and then off the rest of the year. Won;t find market for mukluks as those are usually bought by tourists made by Alaska Natives. Some people have beehives as sideline, but don't overwinter well. Some people have goats, can use fermented grain as feed, get for free from Talkeetna brewery. Getting Fish usually not a problem. Can ice fish in winter. We take wanton waste very seriously here. so if you fish find a use for every bit of it.Not much small game, some rabbits a few birds spruce hens etc, but they have been decimated by overhunting by certain groups. If on road system Anchorage to Fairbanks people often work in town can be a 150 mile or more commute. 2-2.5 hour one way commute when I was doing. Still some jobs on slope 3 weeks on, 3 weeks off, but have to be here a while before they will hire unless you know someone or have a special skill. It is wetter down on the Kenai and more expensive. Anchorage is just north Seattle for people who have lived her for a while.
Jt Lamb wrote:It *is* madness ... the pioneering spirit is dead, per the building codes, loan industry, insurance industry, and zoning/taxing authorities.
However, there is always "stealth pioneer" mode, for whichever portion of the country you choose to land in. To go stealth (and this happens more often than one would think), you'll need to do certain things:
1. lots of (wooded) acreage, so nobody sees you
2. go mortgage-free
3. self-insure, off-grid, etc.
4. most likely, do something impermanent (tiny home, yurt, etc.) ... less is more; be more mobile.
Do everything yourself, to stay off the radar. There will be some minimum amount of "do things their way" (I'd expect this anywhere in the country these days), and then if these minimums are met, you are OK to do what you want afterwards.
In my county, this is an approved septic system, and an "engineered" foundation. After those two hard requirements were met, we were left alone; we do everything the way we want. We are flying under the radar. In fact, knowing what I know now, I'd build much less ... a few tiny homes on wheels and a few storage buildings.
There is lots of flexibility in going stealth ... but, it isn't for everybody; it's a personal choice, and an attitude.