12 things I love about Alaska


I love being a Northern Oilfield Wife in Alaska. Part of my soul belongs here. Whether we stay here forever is yet to be seen, but even of we leave someday, part of my heart will stay here.
Here’s 12 things I LOVE about ALASKA:

  1.  The air. I NEVER get tired of the smell here. There’s nothing else like it.
  2.  The trees. I really love trees. Coming from suburbia where everyone had to have the one HOA required tree in the front yard, it’s so refreshing to see trees (natural trees) every which way you look.
  3.  The rain. Yes I said it. (Other Alaskans are cringing right now). Coming from the CO plains where it doesn’t rain much, I still get excited over rainstorms. Granted, after a week or two, the rain does get old..but boy, those first couple days are great!
  4. No tornadoes! Again, Living in CO this was one of my biggest fears. I’ve seen funnel clouds from my house more than once. NOT a fun experience. There are earth quakes here but to me, tornadoes are a thousand times worse and I’m thankful there aren’t any.
  5. No snakes!!!! To me, this is almost enough of a reason to live here forever – and the reason it might just be the best place on earth.
  6.  No poisonous spiders. We do have spiders – some really ugly ones, but just knowing they aren’t poisonous makes it all OK.
  7. Space. It’s not crowded here and you can just feel the difference. We definitely have room to breathe.
  8. Homeschooling. We probably never would have home-schooled had we stayed in CO. It’s not something I ever even thought about.  But here in AK, homeschooling so common and so supported. It has been a wonderful experience for my family and I have AK to thank for it.
  9.  Outdoor play – we love to 4wheel, snow-machine, hike, and fish. And you can basically do it all right out your back door!  How awesome is that?
  10. The scenery – nothing compares to the mountains, views, and wildlife we have here.
  11. The people. OK, there are some “unique” ones (think hilly-billy crossed with mountain man) but overall the people are so laid-back and wonderful! Everyone is relaxed! I’ve learned a lot from them. I actually find them annoying because by nature I am very tightly wound and they’re lack of……motivation?…..can get on my nerves sometimes. I’m not sure I want to be quite as easy-going as your average Alaskan, but it has rubbed off on me a little bit and I am less uptight than I used to be. That’s definitely a change for the better.
  12. The dividend. Every Alaskan resident gets a little kick back every year. That’s another thing special to Alaska. What other state pays you to live there?

I’m sure there’s a hundred other things I love about living here.  This is a wonderful place to live and raise a family and I will enjoy every minute of it whether it’s for another year, or another 50 years.

About jenna

Jenna has been an oilfield wife for over 12 years. Her Hot Oil Man husband started working in the oilfield a few months before they were married. The oilfield has lead them all the way from Northern CO to Alaska, where they've lived in the Matanuska Valley for 4 years. The family consists of their two children; a strong-willed daughter age 10, and a goofy son age 7. And of course what family would be complete without a couple of dogs and rabbits thrown in the mix. Jenna is a stay at home mom who doesn't “stay at home” much, and enjoys gardening, baking, reading, watching movies, four wheeling, hiking, fishing, and LOVES shopping. Since moving to the last frontier they have also started home schooling, which is another adventure all it’s own.

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