Here is the one thing that drivews most Alaskans nuts and I know it. Hopefully I have learned enough with my research that I do not make too many mistakes, including alienating the locals.
When I was ten years old my dad told us we were moving to Alaska. Those plans fell through and we never went. My dream of moving up there never died though. It has never left me and now 27 years later I am finally getting the chance to make the move. In the last 27 years I have never given up. I live, eat, breath a read anything Alaska. Now I have my 3 youngest boys ready and excited to go.
The plan is to move to Tok. Yes I know it is cold (very cold), in the middle of nowhere and there is NO work to be had. I have all that covered I hope.
I will be putting boots on the ground in May of this year for about 10 days. I hope to make the move in April or May of 2010.
The goal is to be with in 20 miles of Tok. The first year we would like to rent a house in town while we build our own place on a purchased piece of property and get used to the area with out the extra stress.
I own an internet chainsaw shop that has feed my family for the last 6 years and will be bringing it up with us. I will not be taking others' jobs and will most likely employ one or two people.
I am a skilled Millwright, Carpenter, Welder and I have my own milling equipment that I will bring along with all my other tooling. I can build or fix anything. I of course have plenty of chainsaws. The plan is to come up with two 4wd trucks and two flatbed trailers and a 4wd Suburu wagon. All of the vehicles will be equipped with block heaters.
My trip in May I hope to meet the local gun dealer in Tok and get all the paper work in order to send my guns up when we are ready to move.
I am planning on buying a steam engine and boiler soon and will be bringing that with us as well to generate heat and electricity for our green house and home.
I would like to make some friends on this board with people from the Tok area that can give me some advice and help me not make too many mistakes.
I would also like to get as much advice from every one about daily life that no one writes about. Like the one thing you can not live with out. Tricks that noobies would not think of doing. Helpful items that Alaskans use but most down here do not.
On the social side of things: What not to do to pizz off the locals. What to do to become accepted in a new community. How to survive up there with out making myself into a burden.
We are not looking to move up there for free land, smoke dope or live in a bus. We do not want to bring the crappy ways of doing things from down here up there. I am drawn to Alaska for what it is; a beautiful land, harsh land and rugged individuals who are tested.
We want to assimulate into the Alaskan culture and be a part of it, not change it.