Hello all. I have been lurking through the site for a while and finally registered. Right now I am in Alabama, but will be moving up to Fairbanks in June. The wife and I really enjoy pretty much anything outdoors. While I was living in Washington state we would spend just about every long weekend exploring the cascades in my 4runner. A lot of what we know about Alaska is rumor and hearsay and a month I spent up there when I was ten, I am on here to try and make sense of it all and get a better idea of what to expect.
Probably the biggest concern I have about the move is my dog. I am sure this has been covered in a forum that I haven't found yet. She is a Mutt that i found in Georgia. She has short hair and isn't a very thick dog so I am not sure how she will handle the extreme cold. I have joked that i will put leg holes in a sleeping bag and have her run around in that. How do people keep their dogs from becoming dogcicles other than not having a thin skinned dog? Another thing with her, I usually take her hiking with me but have been told that is likely to attract bears. Is this a valid concern?
We are both pretty adaptable and find enjoyment in challenges. We are looking forward to the move and all that comes with it.