Why Alaska?

Greetings to everyone interested in, curious about, or actually living and teaching in Alaska! My name is Natalie and it’s very nice to meet you. In August, my husband and I are going to be packing up and moving to Newhalen, Alaska.

Now, when most people think of Alaska, they think igloos, sled races, moose, and Sarah Palin. I’ve had several people ask me with bewildered looks on their faces, “Why in the world would you want to move to Alaska?

When I was 10-years-old, I visited Kake, Alaska. I remember seeing a gigantic stuffed Grizzly Bear in the lobby of the airport, then exiting to survey dozens of bald eagles resting in trees that lined the roads. After a week of breathing in the crisp air, exploring the outdoors, and spending time with the residents of Kake, I vowed that I would come back to this stunning place again in the future. Finally, fourteen years later, I am returning. To quote John Muir, “To the lover of wilderness, Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world.”

Moreover, my husband and I have adventure in our blood. We will be journeying to Alaska from Busan, South Korea, where we are teaching English to middle and high school students. Before this, we’ve traveled to Japan, Bali, Germany, France, Spain, and Kenya in addition to taking many shorter trips in and around Seattle (where we’re originally from). We’re so excited to embark on our next expedition in only two months!

“I now walk into the wild.”
-John Krakauer, Into the Wild

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