Hello lovely readers!
Well here goes nothing. I'm starting a new blog 'series' in attempt to help all you readers get to know me a little better!
I'm going to give you the truth about certain topics in my life, over several weeks! I don't want to be a mysterious blogger behind a screen or known as "The Hart to Heart" girl! I love getting e-mails from my readers asking questions, or even just to say Hey! I may not be able to come hang out in person, but trust me, you guys seriously rock!
So here is the truth about living in Alaska, as told by me!
- My husband and I moved to AK in August 2011. I'm Moving back this August, 2012!
- We lived in the Anchorage area!
- Alaska is NOT what most of you'd think.
- Alaska has normal stores-- normal people(for the most part)-- and normal food.
- If you don't live in Alaska, but live in the United States... then you live in the "Lower 48".
- Everything is expensive: Milk, gas, manicures, toilet paper... absolutely everything. Go to target, pick out any give item and add $1.50-$2.00 to it.. that's about how much I'd pay for it in Alaska.
- You can't find any houses made out of brick? Random but one of the first things I noticed. Everything is siding for the most part. Annoying to me, because I always wanted a cute little brick house.
- Alaska does NOT have 24 hours of darkness. I get asked this on a daily basis. Let's set the record straight. Yes, at some times of the year the sun doesn't come up until 11:00 AM and it sets at 4:30... but that only lasts a month or so.
- The summers are gorgeous. I'd take an Alaskan summer over any tropical beach any day.
- Everyone owns a gun (at least it seems that way). And it's typical to see people with guns all the time and not fear for your life.
- Alaska has some of the best restaurants I've ever been to in my life. Humpy's, Glacier Brewhouse, Mooses's Tooth.... all, to die for.
- Alyeska Ski Resort is in Alaska... basically the most gorgeous place around (and we would go there on a weekly basis).
- Anchorage* Doesn't get crazy cold, like -50... other places in Alaska do... but not Anchorage.
- In the summer there are farmers markets EVERYWHERE with fresh fruit brought in from California.
- We catch and eat our own Salmon in the summer.
- I've seen too many moose to count.
All and all, Alaska stole my heart for the 4.5 months we were there. I miss it on a daily basis. I miss the memories, I miss the people and I miss doing things that I only dreamed of. The views I saw were ones that many people will only see on post cards. My husband and I are so blessed to be stationed there, and I cannot wait to head back in August!