Welcome to the Alaskan Bush

Welcome BlogTrotters! I am so happy to be featured today and would like to welcome you all to Alaska.

I hope you brought your boots because we still have snow on the ground, although it is finally starting to melt.

Bush Alaska is where we live.

Specifically Dillingham.

We started out our Alaskan Adventure just over a year ago with a move from the suburban utopia of Vancouver, Washington to the Arctic Village of Kotzebue, Alaska.

How we came sell nearly everything we owned to move to rural Alaska is a crazy story (as in crazy good) and you can read all about it here.

The short story  is that our marriage and family were not thriving in our suburban life so we prayed for a change and an adventure.

And adventure is what we got when my husband was offered a job with a grocery company that operates stores all over rural Alaska.

We arrived in Kotzebue on March 30, 2009 with our two boys and the motto of “we’ll try anything once”.

During our six months stay north of the Arctic Circle we fell in love with bush living and experienced things that we could not have done anywhere else.

Like, watching the start of a dog sled race, eating seagull eggs, and watching the Arctic Ocean break up.

After spending the summer in Kotzebue we were transferred to Dillingham and that is where we have been for nearly 7 months now.

Dillingham is located on the Bristol Bay at the mouth of the Nushagak river and is world known for its commercial and sport salmon fishing.

Winter is over, the snow is melting and very soon our little town (pop. 2500) will triple in size as the commercial  fishing season begins.

Everywhere you turn here there are boats. Lots of them. Possibly more boats than people.

Also abundant is the wildlife. We have had moose, fox, and arctic hare right in our backyard. And rarely a day goes by that we don’t see at least one bald eagle.

Besides the fishing, Dillingham is also known for its access to some of the most amazing State Parks and Federal Reserves in the world. The nearby Wood-Tikchik State Park is the largest state park in the nation at 1.6 million acres and the entire park is open to camping, just beware of the bears!

Prefer walrus’? Maybe the Togiak National Wildlife Reserve is the place for you.

(photo taken from Togiak FWS site)

Also nearby is the 4 million acre Katmai National Park.

Want to visit?

You’ll need to book a flight because we aren’t on the road system.

You can book your flight through Alaska Airlines, but during most of the year (except June-August) your flight from Anchorage will be serviced by PenAir (a regional carrier) on a 30 seater twin prop Saab 340.

Don’t worry, they hand out earplugs.

Life here in Dillingham is simple………..

We have no movie theatre, no fast food, and no shopping malls.

We do have two small grocery stores (groceries are expensive………a gallon of milk is $7.89, a loaf of ‘good bread’ is $5.59…..not quite as expensive as they were in Kotzebue.), two gas stations, a bank, a post office, two drinking establishments, a handful of other businesses and somewhere between 3-7 restaurants; depending on the season.

Oh, and we have this:

Because fishermen stink.

Thanks again for stopping by and if you haven’t already, be sure to sign up for Blog Trotting! It’s a fun way to see the world, even if you live in the Alaskan Bush!

Photo taken Easter Sunday, 2010.

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30 Comments

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30 responses to “Welcome to the Alaskan Bush

  1. I can’t imagine making such a monumental life change. An adventure, indeed!

    $7.89 for a gallon of milk, yowza! I’ve heard breastmilk described as “liquid gold” but at that much for cow milk, I think the name fits there as well!

    Great post! Thanks for being a part of BlogTrotting!

  2. What an adventurous family you are! Wow!

    I love that last picture, “cause fishermen stink”. Made me laugh before my first sip of coffee…you’re good!

    Great tour!

  3. WOW! What an adventure. I read your story about your move from Washington up to Alaska; you have a great faith in the unknown. I am jealous. 🙂

    I’ve always wanted to see Alaska. Stay warm!

  4. Wow. That food is expensive. Is the pay rate comparable? Wow, no fast food restaurants. How do you get your McD’s fix?
    Yeah, too much snow on Easter. That is wild.
    It is a beautiful place. Your pics are awesome.
    Congrats on being featured today and thanks for sharing your neck of the woods with us.

  5. Melissa

    Wow Trish, I had never read that entire story (your Arctic Adventure-all 10 parts)….and you had me in tears!!
    The most prominent thought I had this morning while reading was, “How inspiring!”
    After then I just kept crying : ) They were good tears, but I had no idea of all you were going through, and I am so happy for you guys.
    I just rented FireProof via Netflix & now I need to watch it!
    God bless you Hull’s for the rest of your “adventure!”

  6. Wow, what a change! I live just outside Vancouver, BC so I’m 30 min away from anything and everything…I don’t know if I would be happy living somewhere with so little to do. And paying that much for milk…yikes!

    Thanks for sharing you home with us 🙂

  7. Wow, what an adventure! I love your family’s motto too.

    Kudos to you for having the courage to make such a change. I’m betting you’ll never regret it.

    My husband worked for IHS and spent a summer in Alaska working there. We almost got to move but ended up in Wyoming instead. But sure would have loved an Alaska experience. Thanks for giving me a vicarious one here!

  8. Tamara

    What a fun summary of your life adventures and I must say that your town sounds a bit like crazy talk to me – like a camping in the middle of nowhere trip that doesn’t end… thankful that you have made a friend and that you are accepting the quiet nature life with the best attitude you can possibly have. Great pics!

  9. my husband was born in Alaska and it’s been his dream to visit. Everything we ever seen has been ridiculously gorgeous!

  10. Wow – that seems like such a crazy adventure! I’m so envious, I’ve always wanted to move someplace so different like that. One of my best friend’s dad lives in Alaska and I’m talking my way into visiting him with her this summer, so hopefully I’ll get to experience a tiny taste of the Alaskan life!

  11. WOW! I am so jealous. So jealous. My aunt and uncle live in Fairbanks with my cousin and nieces and my other cousin flies out of Unalaska & Barrow twice a week. Actually both my uncle and cousins are pilots! I’ve been up to visit tons of times and it’s my life long dream to move up there. Consider yourself followed. 🙂

  12. Crazy_Lady_Me

    Wow! I can’t imagine uprooting my life like that. I’ll definitely be back to read more of your adventures. Thanks for sharing! It’s nice to see a different piece of the world.

  13. I read your post to my husband, lol. He says…”They need an Aldi’s” lol (about the cost of milk/bread). OMG, that is outrageous!!!!!!!!!

    But anyhow…I LOOOOOOOOOVE your story! I wish we could pick up and just go. Although I’d have to stock up on food, those prices are horrible!

    We’ve always wanted to go visit Alaska, right around your area actually. We have a goal to see the glaciers before they melt. :o)

    oh, btw, over from blogtrott

  14. Holy cow! That’s expensive milk. Guess there aren’t too many cows in the Alaska huh?!

    I guess you could classify this as an adventure of a lifetime. Alaska gets pigeonholed as the “cold” state so it’s nice to see they have more to offer than snow & Palin. LOL!

  15. Wow! This is awesome! I cannot even imagine living that far out…and I am a country girl!

    How do you make your budget stretch with food prices that are so darn high? I imagine you do a lot of your own baking and cook from scratch A LOT!

    This was a great tour. I would love to come in person someday and see it for myself.

  16. Wow! That’s a crazy adventure! I admire you — $7.89 milk and lots of snow aren’t for me. But the walrus look awesome and I think it’s so neat when people can pack up and try something new.
    Thanks for sharing!

  17. mep

    Can I tell you how much I admire your courage and sense of adventure?! But how do you survive those grocery prices?

    Fantastic tour!

  18. Wow. What an awesome adventure. Although those grocery prices are crazy!!

  19. OH! It has always been my dream to travel to Alaska! It’s just so beautiful!

    PS Popping over from Blogtrotters 🙂

  20. I’d love to visit Alaska some day!

    I’ve had goats, chickens and horses in my backyard… and I live in the ‘burbs! I think it would be very cool to see a moose or bald eagle out there!

  21. Ooops, forgot to mention I came over from Blogtrotting! Thanks for the glimpse of what it’s like to live in Alaska! I seriously can’t imagine paying that much for milk. I balk at paying over $4 for a gallon, LOL!

  22. Wow! What an amazing place to live! You are on the adventure of a life time. And I will never complain about the price of milk again — that’s incredible!

    I’ve often thought about visiting Alaska, but it’s always been maybe one day… now I’m going to have to move it up my list of things to do!

    Great to meet you through Blog Trotting! Enjoyed your post!

  23. So jealous that you live in Alaska! That is the one place my husband & I wish we lived. Unfortunately, the Navy won’t send us there so we have to settle for Japan. I told him he should have joined the Air Force! ha ha!

    Thanks for sharing!

  24. I admire you guys. Takes faith, courage and determination. Good luck to you and yours.

  25. Wow… The price of the food in Alaska always amazes me! You must make and bake and raise a lot! Nice to meet such an adventurous soul!

  26. I so want to visit Alaska! Beautiful place!
    Taking the plunge like y’all did, props to you!!

  27. Greetings from the other side of the world! My hubby would love to hunt in Alaska some day, so who knows?

  28. I’m doing my posting for blogtrotting thei comming Tuesday,I hope you stop by.

  29. Love, love, love your faith + courage + adventure! Love your blog. Thanks for sharing the adventure with us!

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