If you haven't heard, I've decided to move to Alaska and see where my life goes. If you're wondering why, check out my Journey to Alaska 1st post ( part 2 & 3.) Many people have been asking me if I'm still considering moving to Alaska, so this blog post is to update everyone on the situation...
HELL YEAH I'M GOING!!
I might have made this deadline (April 1st) a little unrealistic, but that's okay! When the timing is right, it will happen. A studio apartment in Anchorage will be reserved for me until the end of March, so I have some extra time to get ready, if needed be. Even though I didn't want to move to Alaska to be in a city, I feel it would be best place to start. Being away from family, friends, and getting used to this totally differently environment will be an adjustment for sure. Anchorage is a great city with just over 300,000 people, lots of jobs, great places to eat, nightlife, and you can even spot the aurora borealis (Northern Lights) right above the city lights. What I love most about Anchorage is that it's the midway point to my favorite areas of Alaska- Denali National Park (4 hours North) and Homer (4 hours South.)
At first, I just wanted to backpack up there and search for a job and shelter as I got there, however, it can't hurt to job search prior. I've been denied a handful of National Park jobs within Denali National Park, but that was expected. I don't have any education or job experience with in state parks, but it was totally worth a shot! I'm still applying for various jobs close to Denali and within Anchorage. I could be scrubbing toilets and be totally fine with that....as long as I'm in Alaska! An option a friend brought to my attention is volunteer work. I wouldn't mind volunteering at Denali at all, but if I lived in Anchorage, that's a long 4 hour drive to volunteer. The closest city/town to Denali is 2 hours North and there isn't apartment buildings in Alaska. My shelter, outside of Anchorage, would have to be a basement apartment or house.
I do have another option that I've been debating nonstop for the past few days- going back to school. My ultimate goal in life is to photograph the beauties within the planet. Within the past 2-3 years, I've accumulated so much respect and love for wildlife. Getting a degree in environmental science or wildlife conservation would also be really awesome. The University of Alaska offers some really great majors and I can work on my photography portfolio while going to school. It's definitely something to really consider. National Geographic photographer, Paul Nicklen, has been a huge help regarding some options for my future. Paul believes schooling in Alaska would be my best choice- cheap and super beneficial.
So, that's pretty much where I stand at the moment. Still continuing saving as much as possible and working on small side projects on my spare time. Pretty crazy how the temperature in Anchorage today is 45 degrees and in New Jersey it's 14!
Thanks for checking on my progress!