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Tagged With: survival

Hiking the Chilkoot Trail – Preparation

Total honesty here. At 5’4″ and not too long ago hitting the 202 mark on the scale, I’m out of shape. It’s something I’ve wanted to change (like so many of us) for quite sometime, but the motivation has been lacking. A couple weeks ago, my cousin mentioned a dream of hiking the Chilkoot Trail, … Continue reading »

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Foraging in Alaska – Spring

Foraging in Alaska may seem impossible to those who haven’t been here long. Long, cold, dark winters with seemingly no life make it a tough landscape. But underneath all that snow, Alaska is an amazing food source for those who know what they are looking for. But be prepared. With the abundance of food in … Continue reading »

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5 Tools Every Gardener Needs and You Do Too

Do you ever go to the hardware store and stop to drool over all the beautiful, shiny gardening tools? It is so easy to get sucked into the newest tool that will change gardening as you know it, that new tool that will do it all, to fill your garden shed with tools that you … Continue reading »

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28 Ways to Make Money on the Homestead

It seems these days, no matter how off the grid or self-sufficient you are, you still need money. While the hubby and I still have full time jobs, we dream of the day that we will be more self-sufficient and be able to work for ourselves only. As a start, we do what we can … Continue reading »

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A Hygge Home – Decorating for Coziness

On my DIY Blanket Ladder post, I mentioned discovering Danish hygge (pronounced hyoo-guh). It’s all things cozy, warm, happy, friendly, etc. etc. For our dark Alaskan winters, I decided I needed to turn our cabin into a hygge home. Hygge, according to Denmark, is “creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life … Continue reading »

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The A to Z of a New Homestead

Homesteading has so many different aspects. No one homesteader does it all, and that’s okay. So many of us add a little bit every year, whether it is making a new food from scratch, or a new animal on the homestead, or working towards moving off-grid. Homesteading is always working towards self-sufficiency in one aspect … Continue reading »

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Foraging Spruce Tips

I’ve been determined to do more foraging this year. Believe it or not, Alaska wilderness has a lot of food to offer, not just ice cubes and snow cones. One of those treats is spruce tips. There’s a fairly short window for foraging spruce tips. I managed to pick a few right at the end … Continue reading »

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Alaska Books – Fiction and Non-Fiction

I’ve been on a reading kick lately (when I’m not frantically trying to get all the spring chores done). I haven’t so much been in the mood to write, just read – anything and everything I can get my hands on. Between the fiction and non-fiction book reviews to bringing home stacks of books from … Continue reading »

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Aftermath II The Struggle for Independence – Book Review

I’ll admit, there’s perks to being a blogger. Every now and then you get a chance to review a book or product. When Alaskan author LeAnn Edmondson gave me a chance to review her latest book, Aftermath II The Struggle for Independence, I jumped at it. Aftermath II is the second book of the Jimmy … Continue reading »

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The Importance of Self-Sufficiency in Alaska

At any given time, the State of Alaska has enough food in it’s borders to last it’s residents five to seven days.One week at the most. That’s not much. According to the Port of Anchorage Alaska’s website, “An estimated 90% of the merchandise goods for 85% of Alaska’s populated areas pass through our facilities. This … Continue reading »

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