To start with, Fairbanks is not the Alaska most people imagine. There are no glaciers here, the mountains are visible on the horizon, but about 2 hours of driving away, we do have a river that runs through town, the Chena. My little home is surrounded by large spruces, birches and a few aspens. The size of my cabin which houses two people, a cat and a dog is probably not much larger than some of your bedrooms. However, I don't feel deprived living without running water, it is a choice, I could move. There is no longer a larger ratio of men to women in Alaska, in fact I would say it is likely 50:50. Many of us moved here because we were looking for something else, another way of life. I moved here looking for a different way a life, a life that was closer to the land. I have been rooted here for the last seven years and don't see myself moving away any time soon.
I'm hoping in the next few weeks to give you a few glimpses into my life here beyond the internal me you have seen plenty of. It seems to me that folks are rather fascinated by what my everyday life looks like, so next time......attempting to be a gourmet cook in a kitchen with running water.