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    Alaska! I live on the third largest Island in the U.S. (behind Hawaii and Kodiak), Prince Of Wales is a unique southeast location since we have literally hundreds and hundreds of miles of roads on this island. There are around 10 communities on the island that are almost all connected by road. you still have to fly or take a ferry to get here but once your here you can actually drive for hours, a feature not found on many other places in the panhandle. Since I have been to culinary school and have also lived in Seward (Kenai peninsula), Palmer (outside of Anchorage) and Ketchikan I can answer the original "employment" question pretty accurately. As far as cooking goes...Seasonal Lodges are excellent choices, but there are also many restaurants and they have a hard time keeping employees. Ferries, canneries, logging camps and commercial fishing boats all require cooks. I like to call myself a jack-of-all-trades but a master of none. I do a lot of carpentry since my dad is an independent contractor and often needs help with his jobs. I purchased a small piece of land in my town and built my own house on it and moved in by the time I turned 19. The land and the house have cost me probably 30,000 together. I got a cheap piece of land and did all the building, wiring, plumbing, and finishing myself. I also salvaged material whenever I could. So I have my Culinary Certificate, Construction experience, small engine repair, firewood cutter, blacksmithing, gunsmithing...all of which I have used to make cash at one time or another. I even worked at a grocery store right after I got married and was the Freezer Department manager and freight delivery guy. In short, you have to be willing to do just about anything when you live in a remote location. whether it be power washing boats and packing fish in the summer, or shovelling snow and trapping in the winter.
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    this is the beach below my house and the bay where I live. Love it here!
    There ain't too many problems you can't fix with $500 or a 30-06.

    Him-"Whats the best knife for survival?"
    Me-"the one that's in your pocket."
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    Quote Originally Posted by jpooch00 View Post
    I didn't know wolf attacks were that common.

    Guess you learn something every day!
    Notice that it says "notable attacks". This isn't all of them, just the notable ones lol.
    Why do I live in Alaska? Because I can.

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    Holy cow, 1st. I don't know how you do it. I whine about the occasional negative temps we get here in TN. I couldn't imagine dipping down into the negative as far as ya'll get up there as frequently as you get them. The worse I've experienced is -17 and I didn't like it one bit. No ma'am. My hat is off to you.

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    That is so beautiful!!!!

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    I don't know why, but somehow..I like that kinda life...!
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    Quote Originally Posted by alaskabushman View Post
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    this is the beach below my house and the bay where I live. Love it here!
    Hey Bushman, if you are still around, I guess I miss your gorgeous picture. Now that's the life right there!

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    I don't know why, but somehow..I like that kinda life...!
    Me too.
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    Default Alaska- How do you do it?

    I shall post more, thank you! It's nice to be appreciated!
    There ain't too many problems you can't fix with $500 or a 30-06.

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    Him-"I don't have one in my pocket."
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    There is beauty in death...isn't there?

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    A couple abandoned cabin nearby where I live.

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    A close-up of one of the cabins

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    A picture of the same place I already posted, just in winter...

    Enjoy guys!
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    Me-"Exactly."

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    Very Nice Pics!
    Keep in mind the problem may be extremely complicated, though the "Fix" is often simple...

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    I cant wait to get back to AK!!

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    Nice. What lake is that?
    Why do I live in Alaska? Because I can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1stimestar View Post
    Nice. What lake is that?
    No lakes, they're all salt water. The one of the dying salmon is a creek.
    There ain't too many problems you can't fix with $500 or a 30-06.

    Him-"Whats the best knife for survival?"
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    Him-"I don't have one in my pocket."
    Me-"Exactly."

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    Oh ok. Do you know what boat that was? It's pretty cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1stimestar View Post
    Oh ok. Do you know what boat that was? It's pretty cool.
    I was told it was an old crabber that had gone in for shelter and found a rock instead, must have ruined their day. Its been there about 15-18 years so it was before my time. Its a cool place to check out though. Just one of MANY sunken boats and ships around here.

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    Him-"I don't have one in my pocket."
    Me-"Exactly."

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    I guess I missed that first pic back a few years as well.......Thanks for posting more.
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    Great pics. Thanks.
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    Very cool. I love sunken boats. Don't know why and I realize it is kind of morbid of me. But I always wonder about them. What happened to them. Who was on board. What the story was.
    Why do I live in Alaska? Because I can.

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    Looks like I gotta save more money and try to get a place near 1stimestar...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grizz123 View Post
    I cant wait to get back to AK!!
    From where, to where Grizz?
    Why do I live in Alaska? Because I can.

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