My Name is Bob Hastings. I've been planning to relocate to Alaska for the last 25 years and I'm planning to do so within the next year or two. I'm retired military so I earn a monthly income. I'm almost debt free (which explains the next year or two needed to relocate) and right now I'm looking to pay cash for a few good acres in the Last Frontier. I think I've found the perfect spot about 20 air miles outside of Willow on the Yentna River.
As i said above, I've been planning this for 25 years. I want a place remote enough where I can not see people if I want, but be able to go to a town, either by boat or snow machine, within a day, or walk out within two days, if necessary. I've also weaned myself mostly off of power tools for most chores (My most recent purchase was a one man crosscut saw that I've been using to cut wood) to cut down on the need for gasoline).
I've went through lots of books and literature on the subject of Alaska bush living, from house building to everyday living. The plan is to build a three room home (Not three bedroom; three ROOM; living area, bedroom and a Bathroom consisting of a wood fired hot tub and a composting toilet....getting my wife to trudge through snow at 1 am will be a feat in itself).
Now, I come to you good people for advice.
throw anything at me that you think I need to know, from food preservation to gardening, hunting, fishing, trapping...etc, etc.
thanks in advance