My name is Bill. I live in SoCal with my wife Irma. We are considering a move to Alaska in a couple of years when we retire. I'm 56 and my wife is 55.
Living in SoCa, the land of the concrete jungle doesn't give us much time to be in the wild outdoors. I have done some desert camping, a little hunting but my main outdoor sport was ocean fishing. I've spent many many days on the ocean on both sportboat charters and on my own boats. (Last one was a 28 Topaz with twin diesels) I'm comfortable on the ocean. Wife is not. I've never driven a boat on a river.
The area we are looking at is the tri-city area of Kenai/Soldotna. We are open to other areas. We are looking for the best place for people our age to live in.
Neither of us have ever lived in an area that has real winter.
In the mid 90's I worked at Unocal and was sent to Kenai twice a year to do computer upgrades at the amonia plant. I spent 2 weeks in the summer and 1 week in November in Kenal. In my spare time I visited Homer, Seward and did a little exploring of the peninsula. I was able to fish the Russian river and a couple of other places that I describe as 'combat fishing'. I never imagined I would fish shoulder to shoulder with a hundred other guys in Alaska. I guess that's the summer tourists, of which I was one.
I want to live in an area that has good salmon and ocean fishing. I like catching halibut and rockfish in addition to salmon.
In the first year it might be a good idea for us to rent in town close to stores instead of buying. I'm certain I could adapt to the winter weather but I'm not sure about my wife. Once we know how to live in Alaska, we would probably want to move to a place away from town to get away from the crowds.
I'd also like to get good enough to be a guide in the summer fishing the Kenai.
What areas, other than the Kenai peninsula, have close access to great fishing and a little bit of humanity? My wife is a social creature and needs to be around people.