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Friday, February 15, 2008

The Last Frontier

Well, the next time I make a post with will be from my Alaskan igloo! We are leaving here this weekend and flyin' up. It is sad to say goodbye, but we are very excited to see our family and be with them again.
I have gotten a bit of questions as to why we are moving to Alaska, what is taking us up there, and where in Alaska...so I will shed a little light on these questions.

We are moving up to Anchorage so my husband can get his master's degree while he is working at Wells Fargo. My parents live in India right now so they have been nice enough to offer us their wonderful house for awhile. So we are truckin' up north to make some roots, money, and get an education. We are just really looking forward to being around family and to have this great experience at Wells Fargo and for school.

And for all of you that maybe have some more questions....here are some fun facts about Alaska to tie you over till my next post!

- Alaska has over 1/2 the world's glaciers

- Alaska is 55 miles east of Russia

- We are the only state to have coastlines on three different seas. Arctic Ocean, Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea.

- Purchased from Russia in 1867 for under 2 cents an acre.

- There is no sales tax in Anchorage.

- There are approximately 100,000 glaciers in Alaska

- Alaska has about one registered pilot for every 58 residents

- Anchorage encompasses 1,955 sq. miles - about the size of the state of Delaware

- The Alaska flag was designed by 13-year old boy

- Alaska has more than 3,000 rivers and over 3 million lakes

- Alaska holds about 19% of the world's volcanos

- In Barrow the sun never sets from May 10 to August 2, 84 days, and it never rises from November 18 to January 24, 67 days

- Alaska is as big as England, France, Italy and Spain combined

- If New York City had the same population density as Alaska, only 16 people would be living in Manhattan

- During World War II, two Alaskan islands, Attu and Kiska, were occupied by the Japanese for 15 months


  1. Good luck with the move, can't wait to hear about your new home and how you're liking it :)

  2. Thank you for your encouraging comment! I look forward to reading your posts once you get there. I have always wanted to go there!! Many blessings to you and your family as you embark on this "adventure"!!

  3. Where did I miss that you were moving to Alaska? Good luck with the move. I lived in Juneau when I was in second grade, and some of my greatest childhood memories were from that time........going to school in the dark, jumping off the roof into snow, waking up to see the Northern Lights, seeing bears in the neighborhood eating blueberries...........I really enjoyed your Alaska facts, too!

  4. WOW...I look forward to reading all about this adventure.

    Happy packing and positive vibes for a good move!

  5. Good Luck on your move. I can not wait to hear more about your move.

    It sounds like a great place. I hope we get pictures.

  6. That was truly informative! Have a great trip and congratulations on getting to set up down roots :)

  7. Again, I have to reiterate how jealous I am that you get to live in Alaska. I LOVE Alaska. By the way, stay clear of Whittier. It's a hell-hole . . . and if you ever find those sweatshirts that say "P.O.W." for "Prisoner of Whittier," please let me know where I can get one. I REALLY really want one.

  8. Thanks for all the wonderful facts! I read them aloud to hubby and he exclaimed, "They have no sales tax?!?!?!" LOL! Of course that's the one thing that sticks out most to him!

  9. Good luck with the move! It sounds like you are up for an exciting adventure :) I love Alaska, my DH and I used to go there every year before my boys were born, it truly is one of the most beautiful places on earth !

  10. But couldn't you move during the summer and ease into the transition? :-) Despite the fact that I grew up on the frozen tundra of Canada, I don't think I would survive even one winter up there now. Not so much for how cold it gets but for the duration of winter!

    But your summers? To die for!

  11. Wow...good luck! Why are your parents in India?

    Can't wait to see pictures from Alaska!

  12. Good luck!
    Btw, I want no sales tax here!

  13. Best of the best with the move!

    We seemed to have survived ours, but I'll post an update later (when I have cable at the house).

    Safe traveling!

  14. What an exciting adventure! Amazing! Good luck to you, and thanks for the fun facts!

  15. **Shhhh!**
    You are invited to a SURPRISE BLOGGY BIRTHDAY PARTY for kari this Wednesday, Feb 20.
    She is turning 40!!!

    I would love for you to stop by the party on Wednesday to surprise (hopefully!) the birthday girl, enjoy a bite of cake, sprinkle a little of your magic birthday dust, and check out the party favor giveaway!


  16. Cool .. thanks for the fun facts .. have a safe trip, uneventful move and make sure to take pix to share with us when you get settled!

  17. Good luck with the move. I am really looking forward to hearing more about Alaska :)


  18. Wow! That sounds like an adventure!

  19. .....I..........Farted.
    :) UMMM tates like beefstew.lol:)

  20. So when are you going to get there? Why are your parents in India? What's Alaska really like? Oh I have so many questions!

    Like . . . um when do we get to play Settlers?

  21. I just loved perusing your blog. You and your hubby have a great sense of humor. I so love that!

    I remember when my husband went for his Master's degree, I had four children at home, still breastfeeding and trying so very hard not to lose my mind, while he bettered his. Looking back, those were some wonderful days in our life.

    Blessings, Joanne

    p.s. I am going to be passing on some of this Alaskan info on to my family at dinner tonight!

  22. That is pretty cool you'll get to stay in your parents house. At least that would give you plenty of time to search for one if you are staying.

  23. That was a wonderful post. Great information! Good luck on your new life in Alaska... what a great adventure!

  24. My bestest friend in the whole world lives in Wasilla. She has a new blog...
    She's a new mommy too - check her out!

  25. I am so glad I found your site lol. I'm going to memorize all of this data to see if I can impress my husband. Actually, it will impress the he!! out of me if I can memorize it. Are you still in Alaska?