Alaska truly is The Last Frontier – at least as far as the United States is concerned. In 2010, we bought 40 acres on a north-facing ridge overlooking the Chatanika River Valley (every bit as beautiful as the renowned Shenandoah), 18 miles north of Fairbanks, off the Elliott Highway. It’s what they refer to as “off the grid.” No electricity to it. (Generator.) No water/well. (Hauling it – to begin with, in 5-gallon jugs from a borough-maintained spring.) No phone lines. (But, yes, we do have the edge of cell reception and the possibility of internet.) The first winter, we not only heated all our water on the wood stove, but did all our cooking and baking on it, too.
Continental dwellers, you better sit down. When we started pulling trees out and digging a basement in Fall 2010, we did not have to obtain one single permit. Didn’t have to ask anyone’s permission. No inspections. FREEDOM!
Wish we’d had time to blog about it while it was happening. But with the 6 of us working overtime, trying to get in before Fall 2011 (and not making it until December 3)…well, it just didn’t happen. The photos (linked below) will just have to speak for themselves; after all, each is worth 1000 words, right?