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Ripples in the water…. Alaska vs Texas

February 14, 2018

It has always been an interesting fact to me that when I have a problem and I air my thoughts with a friend no mater what they say I always seem to end up with a clearer picture of a solution for the problem. So I ask your indulgence as I send my thoughts into the ether and look for inspiration from you my new friends.

….the overcast sky, shaded a dark gray, lent a somber pale to the mood of deep winter. It was just another bone chilling February morning with me sitting and drinking my coffee as the world came into focus. February in Alaska was a time when most Alaskans were finally fed up with the frigid weather no matter how much we loved the snow and outdoors. It was a time when old timers longed for real daylight and a chance to go outside without layering 20 pounds of clothing on. So as I sat there and drank my coffee I would look at the calendar and count the days till spring breakup.

Now, still with coffee in hand, I sit here in Texas and greet the day filled with sunlight and temperatures that would have an Alaskan firing up their BBQ in shorts and a T-shirt but alas with a mood of uncertainty. It is now only days away from when the management wants me to sign and renew my lease and I still cannot put a stop to my thoughts of returning home. As the months have gone by it is becoming more obvious that living at the top of the world requires a younger and healthier person or else be an older person with no option but to stay and deal with the bad as well as the good that is Alaska.

My latest plan endeavors to combine the best of both worlds by having me drive up in May and staying until August or September at the same time maintaining my lease here in Texas. I know it sounds great to be able to miss some of the Texas heat but this option has a major drawback it is beyond expensive. Not only do I have to maintain two apartments for the four or five months I would have to spend the nearly $2,000 to drive the 9,600 mile round trip.

All in all I think it could be done for around $5,000 including a place to live in Alaska and the drive up and back but to one who goes out of his way not to spend any money it is like facing an insurmountable wall, but then again how many more summers will I be physically able to make this journey?

The heart knows what the heart wants
its just trying to balance that want
with a harsh reality that hurts.

Maybe casting this posting on the water of hyperspace
will generate ripples
that will return to me an answer
or at the very least
hope!

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. February 14, 2018 3:02 pm

    Hey Pete – ya always have a spare bedroom here at my place! I put up another local friend across the summer of 2015 and made out okay. I also have the R-pod which I could hook up to the my electrical and water but we’d have to drive it to the local Tesoro to dump the sewage assuming you used that facility and not the main floor bathroom in the house. I could also run an extension from my broadband router to the R-pod if the wireless didn’t reach that far. It would sure as heck save ya a lot of money and allow ya to once again donate blood to the Alaskan mosquitoes!!

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  2. geneboulton permalink
    February 14, 2018 3:14 pm

    Gosh, I don’t know Pete. Is it just AK or the need to flee the heat? For the money spent on a yearly basis, would an RV make sense? Plenty of places cooler than TX a lot closer than AK. I’m having a great time working portable radio out of our RV. Worth some thought??

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    • Pete permalink*
      February 15, 2018 11:53 am

      Funny you should mention an RV… I have discussed this many times with my son and we have gone out looking at quite a few. However even with a minimal amount of radio gear unless you get a big (aka..expensive one) things would be tight with a shack on those kitchen tables, but it remains part of the mix of ideas.

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  3. Dwight permalink
    February 14, 2018 3:23 pm

    You are thinking along good lines, Pete. Maintain your lease in Texas, but visit Alaska in the summer. Don’t forget the advantages of nearby groceries, medical assistance, and family in the loan star state! Like you, I think living full time in Alaska is a game for younger men.

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  4. Gina permalink
    February 14, 2018 4:31 pm

    I think this is something only you can decide, Pete. What the heart wants might not always be the best for us. Have you seen all the webcams in Alaska? If you want to “see” AK, maybe these would help.

    http://www.northwestwebcams.com/alaska-web-cams.php

    Wishing the best for you !

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  5. February 14, 2018 4:54 pm

    Pete, there is always another option: Renew your Lease and use your Summers for a New Journey, There are many ‘HAM’ related functions that appear in the warmer months as many Hams appear from the ‘caves'(shacks). The travel involved with that would be less expensive. Or you could travel/visit other locations from your younger days (i.e PA I think you’ve mentioned) and take some pictures to share with your Grandchildren/Children and maybe even try to drag them along on some journeys. Try a new path that educates/shares with them and maybe turns them into the “younger hearts” to make the Journeys for you as they Grow.

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  6. February 14, 2018 10:40 pm

    Reason why talking to a friend about a problem even if they don’t say anything back to you is you’re getting your thoughts and feelings in the open where it’s easily accessed by you, and sometimes, it isn’t the friend you’re with who’s helped you see, it’s just that it’s easier, to reflect our own issues onto someone else, that it’s easily accessed, if we state everything aloud, and we’re mistaken into believing that, oh, it’s that friend who’d helped me see my issues clearly, when in truth, you’d been the one, seeing things, you just needed that extra mirror to reflect the things that you hadn’t, quite noticed yet.

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  7. April Hickenbotham permalink
    February 15, 2018 7:28 am

    Follow ur heart ❤️

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  8. Jon permalink
    February 16, 2018 10:02 pm

    For now, sign the lease; at least that’s off your mind & will be one less thing to think about as you make up your mind. Like the old song, “Should I stay or should I go?”

    Don’t know if the $2,000 includes maintenance & repair? One thing helping you is Forever’s generosity in sharing his place with you. Be closer to to medical if the need arises, too. Forever’s a great guy, too.

    In the end your decision will be the right one for you, Pete.

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    • February 17, 2018 1:23 pm

      Hey Jon – you are too kind, my Friend! We both know Pete is a great guy and given I have the rooms and facilities I hate to see him pay for lodging across months when he could stay here for free. And, yes, the local clinic is just 3.5 miles down the Spur. While somewhat limited in services I think it could handle most of Pete’s potential issues. The offer is open to him; I know he abhors any kind of ‘charity’ but I don’t see this as ‘charity’ but rather one friend assisting another with a dream.

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  9. Del permalink
    February 19, 2018 1:47 pm

    You only live once Pete! Might as well go for it….. We just got back from Landesburg . PA to pick up our Flossie… I will send you a picture……

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