Sure, it will be cold... not gonna lie...but why not experience it just once? Sounds like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Where do you live now? I moved up from northern Minnesota and find the winters are no worse, just different. And what part of Alaska would you be staying in? We do have some "killer" aurora that we could show you and you can't find that just anywhere!
it all depends on where you're going! so where is it? I would SO totally go! my dad wants to give me and my hub a cruise to Alaska this summer for a belated 20th anniversary present. I've got a few months to try to convince my hub to take this trip of a life time--first off his dog goes into deep depression when she can't be with him, and he worries about running the biz while we'd be gone(we've got a great girl that can handle it though and she has done a great job when ever we've taken off for vacation before), and he worries about leaving the boys at home(my dad would come stay and we've got great neighbors that would keep an eye on them the boys are 15 and 18 for petes sake!) We've never taken a trip just us two, ony a few rare overnights at the beach.
If I can't get him to go, then maybe I'll just go with my dad when he does the next cruise(he goes with a retirement home to wrangle old people). I would so freakin love to go to ALaska! I would so love to go sometime in the winter, but there is no way in you know what I would ever get my hub to go in the winter, boo!
BTW, we did nothing for our 20th anniversary
PS< I hope they have a "Sarah Palin is my Homie" t-shirts!
Yes, you should absolutely go if you have the chance. The temperature depends a lot on where you go; one year I was in Anchorage in mid-February and it was upper 20's; Last year I was in Talkeetna late Feb/early March and it was -15, so it can be very different.
It's gorgeous. Just take the time to prepare, and invest in the right clothing/attire and you'll be all set.
go, go, go. I have been desparately trying to convince my husband to move to Alaska until I realized how cold it is in the winter. I am a displaced Southern girl who froze her fanny off for five years in Germany and still curses the ice everytime it comes here in Ky.
If you don't go, how will you know if you ever want to live there? My Uncle Bob played that song "North to Alaska" for years and dreamed of homesteading up there. When he finally sold evereything and moved, it was way too harsh a climate for him after Florida....he ended up in Tennessee.
It will be an experience of a lifetime. If you are coming to Fairbanks you'd probably never, ever experience -40F degrees again. January is our coldest month of the year. Usually we get a week or two -30F snaps. The ice fog is so cool! It is an interesting feeling to not be able to breath when you are outside because you're lungs are instantly frozen unless you have your mouth covered. I'm not looking forward to January and toting around 6 children. You'll never forget it!
We'd love to meet you too! We should have an AK Homesteaders get together. I think there are at least 6 of us on here.?
I bet a lot of your veiws of Alaska have been shaped by things written about the winters .Why not go and see them! If ya can push the trip far enough back to catch the Fur Rondy in Anchorage and the Iditarod!
A great side point is most Alaskans have more time to socialize and play in winter.
I think winter is the BEST time to see Alaska!
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