My family of four will be moving hopefully to the Matsu area this summer. We are moving from Georgia. My husband is skilled in several fields and we don't anticipate trouble in that area. We're both concealed carry and plan to take the ferry and I'm aware we have to check our carry firearms but firearms in our vehicle and trailer are fine as long as they stay packed. Canada is not an option.
We are selling most of our possessions, except what we'll need up there as well as a few things we can resell for a good profit once we're there. We're also looking at purchasing a covered trailer and using uship dot com to pick up some extra money on the way. I have a 2WD Sorento that we're going to sell or trade for a 4WD or AWD SUV. I've spent several days going through the threads and still haven't found answers to a few questions.
1. We are both volunteer firefighters and medical first responders, and Georgia and Alaska are both pro-board states so our certs will transfer over.
Is Alaska a duty-to-act state?
When a real estate ad says it's a "fire coverage area", does that mean the fire coverage is paid or volunteer?
If there's no fire coverage, do folks just sit around and roast marshmallows while the house burns to the ground??? Just kidding, we've only roasted marshmallows over a car fire...
2. Tires: I know there's differences in tires depending on the season, but what are studded tires and are they really preferable? Does anyone use all-weather tires and make it through the winter? My hubs has lots more confidence on icy and snowy roads than I do, but I'm learning. We've lived in Georgia five years, but I grew up in Texas. When it iced over, whole towns came to a stop.
3. What's a privy?? I know what a composting toilet is, and I'm familiar with outhouses. How do folks get their water with no plumbing or adjacent streams/lakes? When I first read "dry cabin", I thought it meant it didn't flood... God help me...
4. Transportation: Ok, so properties are accessible by boat, plane, ATVs and snowmobiles (sorry, my South is showing!). That's a bit intimidating, so we're probably going to stay close to town. The keyword here is ATV. We can bring up a couple if they're really needed. How preferable is an ATV over an enclosed vehicle during winter? Do they handle snow and ice better? Is it feasible to just use ATVs? They get better gas mileage, right?
5. Bears: We live in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. In all the five years I've been here, we've only seen one bear! It was a little black bear that ran across the road while we were out on a call searching for a UFO. True story, but maybe another time... Are bears prevalent in towns, or just in remote locations or what? This is the scariest part of the whole situation for me... I'm the slowest runner in my family!
6. Can we shoot anything that moves on our own property, or do we still have to have a license? Are bears and moose protected from nuisance shootings?
We're learning to garden and can, and process our own kills. We are both hunters. What's the best way to skin without attracting unwanted guests? I'm planning to purchase a little 20G and alternate slug and 00 like I found in another posting. I hope I'm not the only one who packs a sidearm and shotgun just to go into town... Speaking of, can I carry my shotgun in a back sling into stores and such?
We're also collecting warm clothing since it's so cheap down here. I just paid $40 at an estate sale for a tote full of socks, hats and gloves!
I've really enjoyed reading over all the posts, and almost feel like I know some of you. The humor, wit and sarcasm come through in the print, and it's been interesting so far... Thanks for your time.