So my wife and i have less than 2 years till she retires and we caqn move to alaka. She is a veteran school teacher 95th grade) and i have been in the resturant business, welder/fabricator, sales, management and some construction. We will have an ok chunk of change to spend on our home there and i have been, and will continute to do more research on alaska.
Next summer we plan to spend roughly 2 months up there looking around and doing even more firsthand research. She has already been there twice, and i once.
We like the S.E. area, some of the Kenai, talkeetna and TOk. We live in North Dakota and we LOVE the cold. Every winter when it hits below zero, like -40, we open the bedroom windows to let in the nice air and temps. So the weather will not be a major problem. However we are fairly certain that fairbanks would not be for us.
We also like some of the island communities we have seen.
We have a plan that can go several ways. First we move up there and open a B&B/small lodge type business. This would be ideal if we could work it out. Otherwise She will teach, and i will find work + we will have her retirement check from here to add to the pot. I saw a nice 15 acre campground with a 3/2 cabin and like 5 rental cabins on it with 15 rv spots for sale. Something like this would also do well. It was right on a highway.
Over the winter here i was paying 4.10 a gallon for diesel, our prices here arent too far from what some alakans pay. We understand that your location has a GREAT deal to do with prices. IE closer to Anchorage = lower prices, farther away and they go up. We also are used to traveling for shopping and to get to the "city" as the closest lowes/sams club is 100 miles from us. We dont mind doing day trips or even weekend trips to go to town.
We are not young (i am 41, she is 53), but we have learned that hard works = rewards. We know how to work both smart and work hard.
Also looking for a community with a good christian bible church.
So thats what we want in a quick nutshell. Reading somke of these other posts have enlightened me and i thankyou all for it.
PS would also like to be able to hunt and fish close to home, but i dont mind it if i have to travel for that some also. Would also be looking for someone to teach me the alaskan ways of hunting, fishing, and trapping as i have not done much in many years. But its a semi retirement thing....gotta do something. =)