Welcome to day 8 in Alaska with me! This trip so far has been incredibly awesome. Ya know, last June when I took a vacation up here, I fell in love with the high mountain peaks, crystal clear water, badass communities of people and really took in a huge appreciation of all nature. My mind still has a hard time comprehending how these forms of life- plants, trees, squirrels, caribou, etc, battle through the harsh 5 month span of snow and then are rejuvenated in the spring. My respect for arctic regions really draws me closer to them.
I never knew what a hostel was until my buddy Ken mentioned he stayed at tons of hostels while backpacking Europe. I, like many people, only know of hostels from a Hollywood horror movie where locals would enter the facility and kidnap tourists for sex trafficking. A little violent but that's how the movie went. I've been a guest at this hostel for 8 days and love every second of it. I've had the opportunity to meet some really amazing people, people who I really look up to. In future blogs, I will be posting interviews with these people, to share their stories. Just the community alone and the lives of broke ass backpackers is truly amazing to me. It's so easy to link up in the future and take on some new adventures with people. I already have plans to visit Columbia, Slab City, and Costa Rica, but we'll see if it really happens! Everyday I wake up, see where everyone is traveling to, and jump in the car with them. I've never been so active in my life. 22 hours of sunlight gives us plenty of time to do so many cool things around here. I climbed the same mountain to 3,500 feet three times so far in a week!
Aside from enjoying this hostel and the environment, I had one a day last week. I landed a job I was really really hoping for and I purchased a pickup truck! I was so pumped and my hostel family was so stoked for me, many beers were had around the campfire that night. Although I love being in Anchorage, I'm already ready to leave the city and see what Alaska has to offer. I landed a job as summer time help at a super remote lodge on a massive lake, way out in the middle of no where. It's family operated and through phone interviews, they seem like really positive awesome people. Tomorrow I will head up there and stay a few nights just to see how I like it, and then start work June 1st.
Now that I landed a job 4 hours North near Glennallen, I needed a truck to travel to and from the lodge. I searched craigslist for a small pickup truck with 4wd and find this beauty from 1992. According to the title, it is a “1992 Nissan”.... there is no model name. Something I never saw before. Pretty unique, pretty badass! It's a great little 4 cylinder rated at 27 mpg, perfect for long Alaska drives. I've met a ton of people living out of their vehicles up here and they are helping me transform the bed of my truck into a bedroom! I'm going to create the ultimate driving badass machine. The blueprints are still being constructed, but the project will start very soon.
One note about cars in Alaska, the going rates for used vehicles is very high. I paid $3,000 for this truck, while back in NJ, it probably would go for $1,900 - $2,400. Subarus up here are outrageously overpriced, yet 4wd in small great cars is pretty ideal for up here.
That's pretty much everything that's new up here. I'm going to creating more and more blog posts to share what's it like living up here. Unfortunately, I have not had many wildlife encounters yet. I've spotted a few doll sheep just outside of Anchorage and tons of moose within Anchorage. I'll be sure to see many brown and black bears, eagles, caribou and tons of moose while staying at the lodge.
Until next time,
Thanks for following my journey!