Texas Couple Moves “off the grid” to live off the land in Alaska Boy meets girl. Boy takes girl to Alaska. There is no running water, no indoor bathroom, and the cabin is only accessible by boat. To an ordinary couple, this would be hell. To this couple, it is heaven. But this is no … Continue reading Escaping the Concrete Jungle
Our Property is for Sale!
Our beautiful homestead featuring 2 fully-furnished homes on 6 acres is for sale. See home website at http://www.myalaskagetaway.com
Coming into our 4th freeze up and winter this year, we felt as though we were finally on top of this Alaska winter thing. We were a hundred times more prepared than the first winter and more prepared than the year prior to this one. This seems to be the norm out here. As time … Continue reading Shacky Whacky
So 2018 has been an eventful year that has just flown by. I realized I haven't taken the time to sit back and write a little so I guess I have a lot of catching up to do. It will be 2019 by the time you read this and we are stuck in the cabin … Continue reading 2018
Crazy Old Ralph
I met Ralph two years ago. I didn’t pay much attention to him when my friends pointed him out to me. I could’ve cared less. A year later, these same friends asked me if I wanted to adopt Ralph. Winter was coming, and they didn’t want to feed and care for him through the cold … Continue reading Crazy Old Ralph
BoBo the Bear!!
As Jen and I settle into our Alaska lifesytle, we are reminded constantly of the obstacles we have to cross in order to live free. I always dreamed of living off the Alaska land, hunting and fishing for a subsistence way of life. However, we are finding out that we lived a more subsistence lifestyle … Continue reading BoBo the Bear!!
A “Close Call”
When you live in a remote locale, getting hurt could be a life or death affair. We are at least 2 hours from our small-town health clinic, and the nearest trauma hospital is in Seattle, which would require a helicopter transport after the somewhat challenging 2-hour journey to town. Nate and I constantly talk about … Continue reading A “Close Call”
I moved to Alaska to live an outdoor, adventurous kind of life. Before coming here, I was pretty active--- running, hiking, biking, and lifting weights. I liked to challenge myself physically in all of these ways, so I was excited about the prospect of living in Alaska and pushing my physical limits every day. In reality, … Continue reading Cabin Fever
The Eye of the Tiger
Going into our 3rd year in Alaska, I feel as though I'm in a constant boxing match with mother nature. I've never been in a place where you have to constantly fight against weather, animals, and the forest! I have never lived in a place where the woods actually fight back----where if you go for … Continue reading The Eye of the Tiger
Town Trippin’ …in an Instant
We have been stuck back here only about 5 weeks now and I'm already backpacking out to Bear Beach to uncover a canoe and head to civilization. The weather has been extremely cold(-3/-6 and highs 5 or 6 degrees).I know that a true northern Alaskan would laugh at me labeling -3 as extreme, especially when … Continue reading Town Trippin’ …in an Instant
As the temperatures steadily drop, and snow begins to appear on the tops of the mountains, a gentle panic sets in. Nate and I both begin to recount a checklist of everything that needs to be done before the harsh winter weather hits us, turning our little slice of heaven into a frozen, unforgiving tundra … Continue reading Going Home