Paul H had posted a driving route in another thread, I didnt want to hijack it so started this one:
So thanks Paul for a driving tour recommendation.
Here's our situation;
We have a small business that still provides a decent living but is struggling like many in our area. I want to move to Alaska if/when the business winds down, wife is considering it and we will make another trip prob this summer. Up to two weeks long depending on cost.
I did a cast and blast on Kodiak 3 years ago, and took my wife and 8 yo on a south bound inside passage cruise last year. We rented a car and drove to the Yukon at (skagway? I think), other than that we toured towns that were very similar in the tourist area's. We are rehab therapists and would need to be within driving distance of a town large enough to have a hospital or clinics/schools that could use one of us. I loved Kodiak for the outdoor oppurtunities, my wife thinks she and the kid wouldnt have enough to do socially??? I met a school teacher on the flight that said it was a great place and his family loved it there.
Not sure how to spend two weeks in Alaska to get a better feel for what it would be like to live there. Our thoughts have been;
-Rent a cabin/hotel for a few days in two/three different likely towns (other than anchorage) for the two weeks and explore.
-Do a driving tour and try to narrow down a geographic area
-Any other ideas?
We would like to be near the coast.
We grew up farming and have a small farm now, we spend a lot of time outside and the wife and kid hunt and fish a little.
This is the route Paul H posted in the other thread, (hope its ok to copy it here)
"Fly into Anchorage, rent a car, drive E to GlennAllen, take the tok cutoff N all the way to Fairbanks, head S on the Parks hwy back to Anchorage, keep going S to Homer, hit Seward on the return to Anchorage. That's roughly 1600 miles, and the best way to see the state. The train only goes from Seward to Fairbanks, so you'll see alot more driving that route. That trip can be done in a week, and you can camp out the whole time (in the summer) so save quite a bit over hotels or bed and breakfasts. The train is pretty spendy, I bet if you compared a rental car for a week and fuel vs. 2 train tickets from Anchorage to Fairbanks and down to Seward and back the car wouldn't cost any more, may actually be a fair bit less."