~ the long winters
~ the dark months of December and January
~ the expense of plane tickets -- Garrett is down in Utah for his best friend's
wedding this weekend and the price of that ticket makes me want to cry!
~ the fact that it is impossible for a windshield to go more than a few months
without getting a chip or crack in it -- welcome to the great, gravel-y outdoors!
~ the cost of food and gas -- ouch!
~ the windy winters -- although I think this winter has been amazingly calm.
~ break-up in the spring. When all the snow melts and the ground thaws, it
makes for a muddy mess-of-a-month.
~ the lack of some of my favorite stores and restaurants such as: Five Guys
Burgers, IKEA, and Big Bowl.
~ lots of rain in the summer -- not every year is like this, but it stinks when it is!
~ slim chances of ever seeing it hit 90 degrees in the summer. Not a place to
get a tan or sunbathe!
A few of the "pro's" to living in Alaska:
~ getting to see this wonder of nature at night in the winter right outside your
~ and getting to climb these mountains behind our house and see this view
at midnight during a full moon.
~ the fresh air! I remember visiting Alaska every-other summer growing up and
stepping off the plane when we got here and noticing a difference in the air.
So different from the polluted, stale air from basically everywhere else I've
~ I have so much family up here! Probably one of the best things about living
in Alaska. :)
~ Delicious water from the tap that come from our own well? Yes, please!
I dare you to come visit and tell me it is not the best water you've ever tasted....
~ The yummiest, sweetest veggies I've ever tasted grow here in the summer.
~ We're already planning our big fishing trip to Kenai for July and will more
than likely come back with enough salmon to feed us for a year. Yum! Did
you know that Alaskan salmon have the lowest mercury content of any fish in
~ Blueberry picking in August. Garrett says we're going to get "gallons and
gallons" this year. Another interesting fact: blueberries that grow in this
latitude supposedly have far more antioxidants than other blueberries. There is
one of those health/juice companies that bottles and sells Alaskan blueberry
juice for a crazy, high price. Luckily, I can pick those berries for free! :)
~ No bugs (besides mosquitoes). I'm so glad that I don't have to check my kids
for ticks this summer, or deal with silverfish in my bathroom, or worry about
roaches. I really hate big and nasty bugs.
~ I don't have to dread the uncomfortable and unbearable humidity and heat
when summer comes around.
I'm definitely ready for some spring and warmth, but it has been a beautiful and snowy winter filled with northern lights and not too much wind. I really can't complain. While there are plenty of drawbacks to living here, I figure that there are drawbacks to any place. No place is perfect, and I'm pretty happy with all the "pro's" that Alaska has to offer. And so far for me, they far outweigh the "con's".