For all its untamed appeal, getting through a year in Alaska poses steep challenges for even the most seasoned sourdoughs among us. There’s plenty about the Alaskan life to moan and groan over and here’s a few that bug us enough to whine about pretty regularly:
1. The cost of keeping a home heated.
In spite of the fact we’re an oil and gas state, maintaining the delicate balance between keeping an Alaskan home decently heated vs. spending a small fortune to do so is our nemesis. Whether on the grid or off it, the amount of cold hard cash and/or time and energy spent chopping wood and stoking fires is costly. No one realizes quite how expensive it is until we’re too sucked in to back out. Our only consolation is commiserating with fellow Alaskans as we tightly clutch steaming mugs of hot beverages to warm our frozen hands.