Hello everyone. This is my first post on the site. This post, along with finding many answers to many questions exploring the forum, is why i joined this site. I would like to briefly explain where I'm from, why i want to move to Alaska, my vague plan on how i intend on going about it and some questions for those of you who already live there.
My name is Kent and I'm from tobaccoville North Carolina. Its a moderately rural area for the southeastern "lower 48" as i see you guys always refer to it as. Basically, I've never lived anywhere as cold and remote as Alaska. But when I was 17 my family went on a cruise to Alaska during the summer. It is hands down the most amazing thing I've ever laid my eyes on. Ever sense i first saw Mountains coming out of the ocean and hiked up one in Jeuno and found a freaking lake on the side of a mountain i realized that Alaska is the coolest place in the world.
I joined the Marine Corps the next year. When i was on a navy ship one deployment a guy had shown me this famous dick prennoke documentary. That documentary planted the seeds of the living off the land in the middle of nowhere fantasies that are continuously recurring thoughts. I got out of the military in 2011. To put it as short as i can, i do not understand modern America and find it to be a pathetic way to live. I got into following politics, which lead to history, which lead to many many many hours of thinking. Given the current events and state of America i have lost faith in Western civilization, in the sense that it wont be recognizable in ten years. I want to leave this modern world and live in an America that is more like the America that my understanding of history has made me admire. I see Alaska as being that place.
I do not have much money at the moment, just a few grand in the bank. I went to school as a machinist and am currently working 2nd shift as a machinist. I'm renting a room from a friend right now so i have the ability to save some money. I have a 2wd 2.7L Tacoma, which i will have to trade for something more suitable. I would like to move to Alaska by next summer. My goal is to have a suitable truck, as little material items as possible and at least 12 grand in the bank, but would like to have 15. as far is saving money goes i think that that it is doable given my current pay and expenses. I do not know much about the state in the context of legitimately planning on living there for the rest of my life but i know Anchorage and Fairbanks are the two biggest cities. Between those two cities and the surrounding areas I'm sure there is someone somewhere who needs a machinist. At first i rent something somewhere and work. During this time i get to know the state, get used to the climate, meet some people and ultimately begin to create a more long term plan. I feel that there is no way for me to legitimately have a solid plan while living in North Carolina. So this is where my plan ends as of right now.
Please tell me what you find stupid about my plan, anything at all, the plan, my attitude about the whole thing, whatever you see as a flaw based off what you have read above. But please do not tell me that I'm not serious or i don't want it bad enough, you don't know me or understand my outlook on this civilization. I feel like Alaska is the only place for me, as crazy as that might sound. This is something i have to do or I will go insane. This is a recurring dream of mine that has been going on ever sense the cruise when i was 17.
Some questions that i need answered for me to continue to develop my plan...
I intend on locking down a job prior to moving, how easy is it to find work in Alaska? Machining is the trade I'm currently doing, but i don't have a problem with work of any type.
How expensive is it to live for someone renting somewhere as I will be at first?
How much money would i need to get land, tools, help, etc. to begin my own homestead? I'm not looking for a modern home. I want to have a fireplace/stove to keep me warm, have a garden, raise some animals for food, have enough water to take a shower from time to time, a front porch with a rocking chair and a super cool dog. Electricity would be nice but i would imagine that my foundation for surviving an Alaskan winter shouldn't rely on electricity so this isn't a primary focus at this point in time.
How many acres would i need?
For the Alaskans who live/lived in the "bush", as i hear it referred to, what does the word "neighbor" mean to you? Do neighbors tend to rely on each other?
How much government regulations and/or permits am i going to have to worry about?
How many people living in rural Alaska are not native Alaskans?
How far is a "General Store" type store from your average rural Alaskan home?
As of right now I'm not even worrying about finding a Women to do this with me. Women in North Carolina don't want to move to Alaska and live in the wilderness. But are there women who want to do such a thing who are living in more populated areas that I could potentially meet? The reason I ask is I hear Alaska is populated by many more men than women.
What areas/regions of the state are ideal for something like I'm envisioning?
What topics do you recommend i study? Do you have an books to suggest?
I hope this wasn't to long. I have a thousand questions but i suppose that that is a start. Thanks for reading and I'm looking forward to hearing what those of you who reply have to say.