The Good & Bad of Living in Alaska [guest post]

Hey nuggets–I’m super duper excited to have Kayte guest posting here today. She’s a rock star! And she lives in Alaska…soooo yeah. I kind of want to be her.

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Hi! My name is Kayte and I write at Floradrenaline. I’m so excited to have a space on Allie’s blog today — she is such a sweetheart! Hi Allie! (:

Something that many people find interesting about me is the fact that I live in Alaska. I was born and raised here, and have lived in a couple different parts of the state. Other than a handful of family vacations and a five-month stint on the Oregon coast, I’ve lived here my whole life.

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Welcome to Kodiak!

Currently, I live in the city of Kodiak. I’ve lived here for almost a year and I completely love it. While there are village communities on the island of Kodiak, I live in the city, so my day-to-day life probably isn’t much different than the day-to-day life of someone living in a small town in any other state. I have a small apartment that I share with my significant other, and since it’s right in the middle of town, I can walk practically anywhere I need to go. My partner works at a locally-owned bulk grocery store and I’m a victim advocate at a local nonprofit. We go to work, we go to the store and the bank and the post office, we take long walks, we visit with our friends. There are lots of beautiful beaches here that I like to go to. On warmer days in summer, I even swim in the ocean!

Kodiak has a reasonable amount of resources for its residents. We have a Walmart, a Safeway, and several fast-food chains. We have a variety of locally-owned stores and coffee shops. There’s a hospital, counseling center, and several different medical clinics. If we need to buy something or access a service that isn’t available on the island, we can order online (in the case of a product) or take a trip to the “mainland” via place or ferry. The plane ride to the city takes a bit over an hour. Usually we fly on smaller planes, accommodating about 40 passengers. As for the ferry, Kodiak residents frequently take the ferry to Homer and drive up to Anchorage. The ferry ride to Homer is about 8 hours and the drive from there to Anchorage is between 4 and 5 hours. Taking the ferry is the only way to get your car to the mainland.

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January.

Temperatures here are not warm. However, in comparison to other parts of the state, they are relatively mild. The further interior (away from the coast) you live, the more drastic the weather changes between summer and winter. For example, Kodiak’s average temperature is 29.9 in January and 54.4 in July. We have an average of 7 days with a temperature 90 degrees or higher, and 133 days where our temperature is below freezing. Fairbanks, which is on the mainland and more in the interior of the state, has an average temperature of -10.1 degrees in January and 62.5 degrees in July. They have an average of 55 days with a temperature 90 degrees or higher, and 222 days where their temperature is below freezing.

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Taken downtown, in Baranof Park.

I’m proud to be an Alaskan girl. This is a tough place to live and to survive it you have to be tough. In winter, we have as little as 6 1/2 hours of sunlight. In summer, the sun is up for 18 hours, not setting until almost midnight. Seasonal depression is a huuuge issue here. If you suffer from chronic illness — as I do — you will probably have to go to Anchorage to see specialist doctors. People get “island fever” after living here for many years. The island is frequently enshrouded in fog and flights out are often canceled or delayed because the pilot is unable to safely land in the weather. I’m convinced it rains 360 days a year.

But, I love it.

Alaska is my home.

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Won’t you be a doll and check out Floradrenaline? And be sure to comment here! Do you think you could ever live in Alaska? 

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