OK it looks like we are finally going to be able to make our move up to Alaska in late May or early June (waiting on school to end for the kids and the roads to get better if we end up driving ourselves up there). My wife and I have wanted to make this move for about 15 years but didnít want to be that far from her parents as they were older and we didnít have the resources to make the move nor jobs up there.
Now that I have landed a good job in Anchorage (starting at the end of the month) and my wife has several job offers she is working with and we have no family holding us back we are ready to go. Myself I spent the last 6+ years working in Iraq and Afghanistan and my wife finished up her degrees, we have saved our rears off and gotten rid of just about anything that we donít use often or need (maybe one more garage sale is needed LOL).
We have tried to research the move and the area as much as possible and are still working everything out but the one thing we hear most often from folks that have moved up there is they wished they had brought more money so we have tried to get ahead of that issue as much as possible. We will be moving from South Texas, to the Anchorage area (Anchorage, Wasilla, Eagle River est.), and what we are looking for is your opinions on our plans and any advice you might have.
The Route we are thinking about would take us up from Texas through Montana and crossing over into Canada at Sweetgrass, then up to Calgary, then to Edmonton, then to Fort St. John, then to Whitehorse, then crossing over into Alaska taking the Alaska Hwy all the way into Anchorage. This route looks to be about 4250 miles and we were thinking of trying to make it in 8 days. We figured we could drive until we get to a good stopping place and either camp out or grab a hotel/motel if rooms are available.
Now for the different types of moves,
1. What seems to be the least expensive route is, I buy an 8X24 cargo trailer, fill it with our household goods and tow it up there with my F150 while my wife drives her Mustang. I can buy the trailer down here for about 5K new. I figure if I go this route I will grab 2 or 3 spare trailer tires and a darn good jack, and an extra one for the truck. So we would have the cost of traveling to Alaska plus the cost of buying the trailer, spares and jack. Iím hoping if I go this route I would be able to sell the trailer once I get there and recoup some if not all of the purchase price. (this is my wifeís least favorite choice at the moment)
2. Second least expensive way that we have found is to have a moving company come pack up our household goods and drive them up while we drive up our own vehicles. The bids Iíve received so far for this move are 12K up to 16K.
3. The most expensive way I have found (ok my wife thought of it and LOVES THIS ONE), would have us hiring a company to pickup our Household goods as well as our vehicles and we would just fly up there and meet them (of course if I had a money tree growing in my back yard Iím not sure I would even consider this then).
Ok I didnít include any travel through the Alaska Marine Highway as every way I looked at it, it cost quite a bit more than just driving through Canada. I think we will be OK traveling through Canada with the guns we arenít planning on shipping to a FFL up there (our Pistols), a Ruger Number 1 in 338 Win Mag, a browning A bolt (BOSS) 338 Win Man, a Browning A bolt (BOSS) 30-06, a Remington 700 in 7mm Rem Mag, a Par***i MX 2000 12 gauge, a Remington 1187 12 gauge, a Benelli M3 12 gauge, a Ruger 10/22, a Spring field M1A and Rock River M4 in 223 and a additional upper in 50 Beowulf.
Iíve read the posts here on the relocating part of the forum and would really appreciate any advice, or opinions on this move. As for hunting up there, well all I can say is I have no real idea because I have never done it. I have hunted and fished my entire life through the south and in the Gulf but that is not Alaska and everything from what I can tell is quite a bit different so I will be looking forward to getting out there and learning all I can for what works to put meat in the freezer and mounts on the wall up there.
I took my old rucksack and added 50 pounds of sand bags to it and am hiking 2 to 3 miles per day 5 days a week to try and start getting into the kind of shape I will need up there. As for boots what would you guys recommend not only for hunting but also for the wife and kids for cold weather gear? We always used the old Bunny boots in the Navy but Iím not real sure what would be best up there. Let me apologize now for how long this post is.