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9 minutes ago, El Tri said:

awesome pics! questions for you.

1. what do you do for a living? are you retired?

2. what does your normal day look like?

3. how far is the closest store for you to be able to buy stuff?

1.  I'm a chemist.  Like many others in this state, I work in the energy industry.

2. It's winter, so all I basically have to do is go to my job.  My wife is the "Cabin Bitch."  A nickname she loves.  She basically takes care of all the household chores right now.  She literally keep the home fires burning.  The summer and fall are my big contributing seasons.

3. It used to be an 80ish mile drive to Fairbanks.  They built a store about 30 miles away from us around 4 years ago.  It's been a game changer.

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Isn’t it fucking miserable to have to go outside to take a shit in the middle of the night with -60 °F?

Do you ever have to go outside to take a shit and there’s a grizzly outside?

Aren’t the winters really, really long and dark?

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1 minute ago, mooseoutfront said:

2. My wife is the "Cabin Bitch."  A nickname she loves. 

She better put out because:
a) masterbating in the outhouse could cause frostbite

b) driving 30 miles to a store that only has moose porn in its redbox seems a little extreme

c) what else is there to do

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10 minutes ago, Post Oak said:

Do you have a garden?

When you moved there what was harder to do/deal with than you thought?

What was easier?

My wife grows the veggies.  She does a fantastic job.  She keeps us in potatoes all winter long.  We home can or freeze the veggies that have a limited shelf life.  I take care of the "secret garden." But since they legalized weed, It doesn't have to be secret anymore.

The hardest thing to deal with is all the water in the Spring after thaw and break up.  Alaska is basically a cold weather swamp.

The cold.  You acclimate pretty quickly.

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2 minutes ago, mooseoutfront said:

My wife grows the veggies.  She does a fantastic job.  She keeps us in potatoes all winter long.  We home can or freeze the veggies that have a limited shelf life.  I take care of the "secret garden." But since they legalized weed, It doesn't have to be secret anymore.

The hardest thing to deal with is all the water in the Spring after thaw and break up.  Alaska is basically a cold weather swamp.

The cold.  You acclimate pretty quickly.

You are able to grow weed in Alaska??? Doesn’t weed require temperate weather? (asking for a friend)

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This lifestyle is pretty fascinating to me down here in Tx and while I don't think I could handle a full winter in AK I would like to experience some of that for a little bit.  As  I posted in the other thread I came across this youtube channel 

 https://www.youtube.com/c/SimpleLivingAlaska/featured

and its a young couple living an off grid lifestyle in Alaska down toward Anchorage.  Their channel is simply videos of them doing everyday life: growing a garden, canning food, raising chickens and bees, hunting and fishing for meat and working around their small homestead.  They use a small solar system with an inverter supplemented with generator for power, wood for heating and propane for cooking.

The contrasts between winter and summer are quite amazing to me.

 

 

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Thanks for sharing your adventure. A couple of questions:

  • with no electricity, what do you need to do to keep your vehicles funning? do they have engine block heaters that you power by generators?
  • how long do the two of you believe you can realistically maintain this lifestyle before moving into "civilization"? I mean, are you thinking of retiring to a place where you'll have access to the types of amenities and services people need when they get older?
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Seeing the amount of wood y’all need for the winter….Fuuuuuuuuck.

A couple of years ago, we were on a summer hike in western Norway. Walked by a nice cabin over a fjord, and saw this woodshed, that they were still in the act of filling for the winter. That’s a lot of f’n wood. How does it compare to what y’all put aside?

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1 hour ago, XYZ said:

Isn’t it fucking miserable to have to go outside to take a shit in the middle of the night with -60 °F?

Do you ever have to go outside to take a shit and there’s a grizzly outside?

Aren’t the winters really, really long and dark?

Lulz, thats the first thing that came to mind for me also. Seeing that shithouse pic followed by thermometer pic elicited an audible "nope" from me. I can tolerate cold weather better than most, but I'm certain I would not enjoy exposing the ole beanbag in the dead of winter. 

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2 hours ago, DaggerHorns said:

Pretty cool that you’re doing something the whole state of Texas did last year for about 3 days.

Also, do you charge your phone/computer with snow? I’m still confused about the “off the grid” part….

By off the grid I mean for our energy needs.  We don't have electricity or indoor plumbing, but we can stream movies and have internet access at the cabin.  There is a cell tower about 4 miles from us.

 

We have 2 generators.  A Honda 2200 for the small stuff.  A 3500 for power tools and the meat grinder.  We also have 5 battery packs I take to work on a rotation to charge. 

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1 minute ago, mooseoutfront said:

By off the grid I mean for our energy needs.  We don't have electricity or indoor plumbing, but we can stream movies and have internet access at the cabin.  There is a cell tower about 4 miles from us.

 

We have 2 generators.  A Honda 2200 for the small stuff.  A 3500 for power tools and the meat grinder.  We also have 5 battery packs I take to work on a rotation to charge. 

Where does your wife charge her, ummm, entertainment devices?

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37 minutes ago, FirstTimeCaller said:

What do you do to combat cabin fever?

Even here when it gets below 50, I don't want to go outside. I can't imagine coping with snow, dark, and cold.

Going outside in the winter is great.  You just have to dress for it.

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2 hours ago, XYZ said:

Isn’t it fucking miserable to have to go outside to take a shit in the middle of the night with -60 °F?

Do you ever have to go outside to take a shit and there’s a grizzly outside?

Aren’t the winters really, really long and dark?

You get used to it.  Let's just say you don't dilly dally, but it's not as bad as you think.

You say your "Hey bears" where I live.  As long as you don't surprise them, you really don't have to worry about them.

They are.  This has been a particularly tough one.  We've had a metric shit ton of snow to deal with.

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2 hours ago, SimonBolivar said:

Aren't the bugs terrible in the spring/summer?

 

1 hour ago, Brisketexan said:

My old man worked on the pipeline.  He grew up in S. Texas, spent a lot of time in La.  He said the skeeters in Alaska were some next-level shit.

What Brisket said.  I can't even describe how bad they are at times.

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8 minutes ago, Brisketexan said:

Where does your wife charge her, ummm, entertainment devices?

A wife married to a bonafide Grizzly fucking Adams probably has less need for those devices than the rest of our wives. 

Someone upthread mentioned it, but I’d like to hear some of your scariest stories of times shit was going wrong. 

And thanks for what looks like it has the potential to be the best thread on surly.  Username checks out. 

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