Yes, yes, yes! My three teens and I are moving from Tampa Bay, FL area to Matanuska-Susitna, AK area this May! :-) We have purchased a lot in the Matanuska-Susitna, AK area and plan to build there over the summer. From the South East most state to the North West most state. From 90 to 95 degrees where most stay inside away from the heat for 9 months of the year to where it may or not be above freezing for 4 to 5 months of the year. How COOL! Literally! I am going to love it and I am sure they will too! There is something really special in cuttling up in a quilt watching a fire in a Franklin Wood Stove or a fireplace and drinking hot chocolate and just talking about most anything.
My children have lived in a semi tropical city environment for all but 1 year of their lives and never go outside. They lived for one year up North where there was snow when they were small. I, on the other hand, grew up in the woods of the North where my parents lived off the land with no electricity or running water. After which, I and my spouse moved to the Northwoods of Wisconsin for 6 years. I remember those days in fond memories where sometimes it would get 40 below and you couldn't get it warmer than 50 to 55 degrees inside. Oh, how I miss it. I hate the heat and don't do well down here. We have only stayed here because of my Mother who relocated to Florida 20 years ago. Now, we are free to go where we please.
Everyone is very excited about the move and everyone is chipping in where they can. We purchased a small Diesel Motor Home to stay in for the trip and to pull our Highly modified Jeep Cherokee Mud Bogger 4x4 on a trailer. We will be traveling the Alaskan Highway. Any and all positive advise is appreciated. Thanks.