Raise your hand if you’ve ever watched a reality TV show set in Alaska.
You have about 25 to choose from, so if you said no, you must not have cable.
Well, my life is apparently a reality TV show, because I am moving to Alaska.
Not a joke.
Not a misprint.
The Pilates Nutritionist is going to Alaska. To live there.
I never thought much about Alaska. Never even considered visiting. And I certainly never thought I’d be living there, though I admit all the Alaska-based reality shows got me curious about it.
Well, thanks to my husband’s job, it’s happening. Before you start a pity party for me (seriously though, I already passed through that phase), know this: I’m actually really excited about this new adventure.
Just getting there will be an experience. Imagine driving from LA to San Francisco. Now multiply that times 10.
Yes, our trip will cover more miles and take longer than driving from Southern California to Boston (roughly 800 miles more, by the way). And yes, we’re driving.
Don’t call us crazy. Call us adventurous.
Other awesome things about our move?
Alaska is vast and gorgeous, with miles upon miles of untamed nature. Like me, you’re probably blissfully unaware of the size of this state, thanks to map companies showing it detached from the contiguous US and shoved over to the corner with Hawaii. Well, my friends, Alaska is huge. So big that I can’t get consistent stats on its size, but it’s somewhere between 586,412 – 663,300 sq miles, or to put it into perspective, about one fifth the total area of the lower 48. There’s more than enough hiking and kayaking to keep us entertained. I’d much rather camp than stay in a 5 star hotel, so I’ll feel right at home. I’ll just be sure to camp with bear spray.
Aurora borealis. Enough said.
There’s plenty of local food. Up there I’ll be a 10 min ATV ride from the world’s best salmon (so, I need to learn to fish… and get an ATV). No, I won’t have year-round farmers’ markets within walking distance from my house (or Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods), but I will figure it out, just like I always do. And I’ll be sure to share what I’m eating right here on my blog.
It’s not that cold. I’ve lived in Western MA, so I “get” snow and ice and all the miserable in-between gook. Plus, much to my surprise, the average winter high in our future town is around 30 degrees. I won’t be in the arctic circle and I’ll be warmer than my friends back in Amherst.
There’s no traffic! This alternate universe we call driving in Los Angeles is a sick joke. If you want to get anywhere, you have to leave between 10:30 and 2:30, which leaves you about 2 hours to get anything done at your actual destination. I’m tired of it. In Alaska I’ll be more likely to stop for a moose crossing the road than another car. I’m ok with that.
My business will move with me. With the magic of the internet, I’ll still be right here with you. I already solely work with my private nutrition clients via phone and Skype, so that won’t change. We’re in a new era in business, where you’re not stuck working with whatever mediocre business happens to be in your town. You get to choose whoever in the world you connect with and trust. After an utterly perfect experience redesigning my website with a gal in France, I get it, now more than ever.
All that considered, I’m pretty excited to get up to our new home. Now that the cat’s outa the bag, I’d love to hear from you.
Have you ever moved far away or planned a long road trip? Ever been to Alaska?
Got any tips?
Share ‘em in the comments below.
I’ll be back next week with my usual health-related post, but this was just too big NOT to share!