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I lived for 4 years out in the woods of Alaska, 90 miles from the nearest town. Only from September to May usually, I lived in a log cabin on a creek, and you can see that log cabin in a documentary called "Braving Alaska ".

I didn't build that cabin, I just moved in there when the guy who built it moved back to Maine, after more than 20 years of living there. His name was Errol Wilson.

I would hunt for my food every single day because I only took 50 pound bags of rice, pancake mix, and beans down the river with me, as well as coffee and sugar.

I very nearly ended up like Chris mccandless except for squirrels and multivitamins, and I just didn't trust anything that I was not 100 percent sure of. I ate rose hips and cranberries and squirrels once my food ran out, this was my first winter when I was a greenhorn.

But I can tell you this, I have never felt more comfortable as I was sitting by the window looking out at the snow falling with a cup of coffee and a Conan paperback in my hand.
 

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For you guys wondering why I didn't get a moose or shoot a bear or something, a lot of people have grave misconceptions about Alaska.

You think that there is a bear or wolf or moose behind every tree? Think again. Where i lived, you could go the entire winter without seeing a moose.

Wolves and lynx are great eating, but until you get the skills to trap and hunt, you will never even see them.

But geez, was it great being completely alone, I would not trade those times for all the money in the world.
 

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My second year there, in 1997, I started net fishing salmon, in the fall, and then I got a moose, I had 2 dogs that would pull little plastic sleds.

I literally thought that I was Jeremiah Johnson and John Rambo, with a little bit of Charles Bronson mixed in as well.

I worked hard, cutting wood with a bow saw, it was a full time job, all day, every single day. But what I did, I would cut wood for a couple of hours, then go back into the cabin, eat some rice and fish, drink some coffee, and then go back to it.

So, in my first couple of winters, I would go the entire winter without seeing another person, but then one day I decided to go on a trip, just to do something different. I had my two dogs pull me and a sled on skis down the river.

I was only about 10 miles from my cabin and I see something crossing the river so I unsling my ruger m77 and look through the scope. It was a person. I didn't know that anyone was living anywhere near me, but for 2 years, this guy had been only ten miles away.
 

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These replies are ignorant. In making this post, I am trying to encourage people to go out and do things, even if it is just for a couple of days.
 

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I don't know what you are getting at, about the squirrels and salmon, but I think it is obvious you have never hunted, and you have certainly never strung out a 70 foot gill net from the bank of a river.

The Y2k comments, I was just about as worried about that as I am right now about covid 19.
 

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So you spent 4 years Sep ------ May I guess in succession. Where did you spend the other three months of the year? Why did you not remain there?
 

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I worked from May to September, sometime it was carpentry, sometimes a fish cannery, I worked for the Alaska dept of fish and game, the Alaska division of forestry, I washed dishes.

I lived there for 11 years, but only four winters actually in the bush.

Now, I am in Michigan and my life sucks. I hate it here, even though I am in a small town, the meth problem here is horrible. I am going back to Alaska asap.
 

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This town is only about 5000 people, my downstairs neighbor is this beautiful girl, but she is a heroin addict, and I have been in 3 violent fistfights with her ex boyfriends, I am 52 years old, these guys are in their 20s and early 30s.

She overdosed 5 days ago and is in the hospital right now.
 

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SOUNDS like you are on the west side of the state.
East side can't afford heroin, only garage crank
 

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And for the heroin being expensive part, people here make 3600 a month on unemployment, free health care, free dental, plus section 8 housing assistance that pays 760 a month for a single person.

I don't have any of that, but I know people that do.
 

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I wish I would have never left Alaska, my life has been ****.

I am in Alpena
YEAH, the SUNRISE side and the coast line is pretty taking the drive up to the Straits from there.
I would have been on the Keewanaw Penn years ago if I could have had the wife to make the move.
but she thought it was too far removed from everything...Copper Harbor, so pretty...
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