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Old 08-15-2017, 10:54 PM   #1
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Default Leap of faith and moved

Did something last week I didn't think I'd ever do after I got out of the military. I moved out of Texas to Alaska....

Had an opportunity to rent a room from a friend of a coworker so I took it to see how I like the state. With work I can live anywhere and they'll fly me back for the rotation.

I'm back now tying up a few loose ends, weddings and a bachelor party. But managed a quick fishing trip while I was up trying to figure out the area and get settled. So I brought home some halibut and salmon for my parents.

If anyone has must haves or any info/advice I'd appreciate it. Planning on driving up with the rest of my stuff in March/April or June depending on weather and rotations.

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Old 08-15-2017, 11:00 PM   #2
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Awesome! Livin the dream! Be safe on your travels.
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Old 08-15-2017, 11:05 PM   #3
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Go for it man!
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Old 08-15-2017, 11:55 PM   #4
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Figure that place out!!!!!!!!!!!! I will be there next June and in need of a fishing guide.


Congrats on chasing a dream.
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Old 08-16-2017, 12:01 AM   #5
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Kongrats sir.........beautiful place .........besides the dead of winter!
Hook up with Tim and Hugh.................dang good guys sir!!!
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Old 08-16-2017, 12:04 AM   #6
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Figure that place out!!!!!!!!!!!! I will be there next June and in need of a fishing guide.


Congrats on chasing a dream.
Hopefully I'll have an idea what to do on the rivers, but for the salt I'll be taking charters when I want to go....at least the math works out that way.

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Old 08-16-2017, 12:05 AM   #7
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Kongrats sir.........beautiful place .........besides the dead of winter!
Hook up with Tim and Hugh.................dang good guys sir!!!
Will do, knew there were a couple TBH'ers up there just wasn't 100% on who they were. It'll be a hot minute before I get back up with trying to sell my place, and December hunting Texas and NM this year.

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Old 08-16-2017, 12:06 AM   #8
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Are you currently living in Poc?
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Old 08-16-2017, 12:08 AM   #9
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Are you currently living in Poc?
I've got a trailer there and my boat. My warm weather stuff will stay there, and I'm trying to sell my house in SM whilst doing a bachelor party and two weddings in 3 subsequent weekends. To say my August is busy is an understatement.

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Old 08-16-2017, 12:27 AM   #10
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Yeah that's busy!!! I stay that way myself. There are a hand full of us that fish in Poc/Seadrift. I will be down Labor Day weekend with beer if your interested!
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Old 08-16-2017, 12:29 AM   #11
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My wife is from Soldotna, awesome place to be.
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Old 08-16-2017, 06:04 AM   #12
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Enjoy it. I've visited twice in my lifetime and will be going again now that my boys are older. One of my best friends from college lives up there with his family outside of Anchorage a ways and loves it. Coach
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Old 08-16-2017, 06:50 AM   #13
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Congrats John. What part of Alaska you moving to? It's a great state and one of my favorite places I've been.

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Old 08-16-2017, 07:57 AM   #14
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Congrats John. What part of Alaska you moving to? It's a great state and one of my favorite places I've been.

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Thanks! Anchorage for now until I get my feet wet and things figured out

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Old 08-16-2017, 08:08 AM   #15
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Thanks! Anchorage for now until I get my feet wet and things figured out

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Right on. Hit up Simon and Seaforts for a nice dinner. The brew pub and Humpy's are pretty good also

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Old 08-16-2017, 11:28 AM   #16
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Awesome.
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Old 08-16-2017, 11:41 AM   #17
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That's one of the few places I'd like to go. Sportsman's paradise from what I've been told.

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Old 08-16-2017, 12:21 PM   #18
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Its a cool state for sure!

Dont forget to post the link to your room for rent when its ready
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Old 08-16-2017, 12:43 PM   #19
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So your staying there for the winter?
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Old 08-16-2017, 12:58 PM   #20
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So your staying there for the winter?
I work overseas and my rotation has me gone for most of the winter.

Once I get established and my own place I'll be sure to let you guys know when the rooms going to be available LOL

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Old 08-16-2017, 01:01 PM   #21
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Very cool. Keep living and experiencing the best God has to offer.
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Old 08-16-2017, 03:00 PM   #22
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Congrats. Hope all goes well. By the way the Judge I bought from you, awesome pistol. Thanks again and hope to meet you again down in POC or at my place one day. Stay safe overseas.
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Old 08-16-2017, 03:10 PM   #23
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That's awesome John! You're a fishing fool! Stay safe overseas.
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Old 02-04-2018, 06:24 AM   #24
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Update...

The future at work is looking uncertain as far as our contract goes, but that's part of the business, so I'm going to hold off on buying a house up there (no room to rent for awhile). That being said, I've already dropped my deposit off for a drop camp caribou/grizz hunt end of August/first of September.

I'm also looking at dates and my rotation on maybe trying to do a pack in sheep hunt/armed backpacking trip. Screwed up and didn't get an application in for musk ox like I wanted to, but there's always next year.

I did get up to the ski resort while I was home for a quick day trip and it was a blast, whole different animal than what I've done in Cali, Utah, or Colorado. The views are something else up there, and it was actually warmer there than in Texas ha!
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Old 02-04-2018, 07:43 AM   #25
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There’s a whole lot of AWESOMENESS in this thread. I envy you brother. Congrats to having the courage to make a move like that!
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Old 02-04-2018, 07:47 AM   #26
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Way cool I have told my wife we need to move to Alaska. She said "get another wife"
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Old 02-04-2018, 08:17 AM   #27
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awesome stuff brother ....

Live life to its fullest ; treat everyday as if it were your last
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Old 02-04-2018, 12:15 PM   #28
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Here's a few from my day at Alyeska and the goats off the Hwy on the way there.

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Old 02-04-2018, 12:29 PM   #29
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Way cool I have told my wife we need to move to Alaska. She said "get another wife"
Same response mine had ........
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Old 02-04-2018, 12:49 PM   #30
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Awesome man!
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Old 02-04-2018, 06:58 PM   #31
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Thank your for your service to our country first and foremost. I’ve always wanted to visit Alaska. It looks like you’re having some fun already!!
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Old 02-04-2018, 07:43 PM   #32
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Enjoy it but beware of the negative effects of too little sunlight (Vitamin D) and what effects that the prolonged darkness can have on you.
One of my Army buddies went up there around 1980 or so and had a career as a Game and Fish State Trooper. He just recently sold his place up there and moved back to NM after having some serious health issues and a divorce. I always looked forward to their Christmas Cards and stories about their (mis)adventures during the year.
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Old 02-05-2018, 09:07 AM   #33
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Awesome, my wife and I spent a few weeks in Alaska and I told her, if I was in my 20's again I wouldn't even go home to get my stuff.
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Old 05-27-2018, 08:35 PM   #34
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To keep this going if anyone is interested, I packed everything up Friday and hit the road Saturday morning.

Always forget how expansive Texas until I start driving. RON'ed(Rest Over Night) just south of Amarillo last night and I'm a little way into Wyoming now looking at Casper or near for my next RON site. Picking up an old friend from high school at the Billings, Montana airport tomorrow noon, to finish the drive with me.

Hopefully updating this and my Instagram as we keep going.

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Old 05-27-2018, 08:38 PM   #35
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Old 05-27-2018, 08:40 PM   #36
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Good luck with your new adventure.

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Old 05-27-2018, 08:43 PM   #37
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Tuned in.

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Old 05-27-2018, 08:49 PM   #38
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That's kick ***. Wish you the best and keep this updated.
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Old 05-27-2018, 09:02 PM   #39
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Safe travels and thanks for taking us along!
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Old 05-28-2018, 08:23 AM   #40
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Travel safe and good luck. The wife and I are headed to Alaska for the first time next week for a cruise-land adventure. I canít wait!!
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Old 05-28-2018, 08:54 AM   #41
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Man, I completely missed the first chapters of the thread! Safe travels and same thing at work! L-I-V-I-N.
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Old 05-28-2018, 10:46 AM   #42
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God Bless and safe to travels.
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Old 05-28-2018, 10:52 AM   #43
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Awesome opportunity. Best of luck.
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Old 05-28-2018, 10:52 AM   #44
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Thanks all for following. Not sure how well my service is going to be once we get further north but I'll update anytime I get some Wi-Fi.

Buddy Jonny Mac is in Denver waiting on his connection and I'm about to run through a storm.

Today's gonna be a good day! Been tons of antelope running around with lots of fawns on the ground.

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Old 05-28-2018, 03:29 PM   #45
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A little late seeing this thread. In the pictures in you post from Feb 4th, I think those are Dall Sheep ewes. I used to see them all the time along the Seward Highway before Bird Creek. A beautiful drive along a pretty dangerous stretch of road!
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Old 05-28-2018, 10:24 PM   #46
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Good luck Merc. I’ve been putting that Judge I bought from you to use. Rattlers moving pretty good. Have fun and thank you for your service. Stay safe.
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Old 05-29-2018, 10:52 AM   #47
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That's good to hear it's finally gettin some use.
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Old 05-29-2018, 10:56 AM   #48
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Not too many pictures today from yesterday. Weather was pretty bad all morning and afternoon. Jon's flight landed just fine but the ground crews got chased away from the thunderstorms delaying them offloading the plan about an hour.

But it cleared up about the time we found a campground in Lewis and Clark National Forrest.

Onward today taking the scenic route passing in front of Glacier (no time to go inside) and then stopping in Banff tonight.

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Old 05-29-2018, 10:56 AM   #49
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Wow, This looks like an amazing trip!! Congrats
A long fishing/exploring trip to Alaska is on my bucket list.
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Old 05-29-2018, 11:19 AM   #50
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VERY well done sir!!! Congrats on being your own man!!
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