AMH and REI than people I have in my phone book. It has really helped us be able to continue to explore all year around. Last winter was not so bad. Well except for the horrible melting and freezing craziness that was going on for months. But we still tried to get outside everyday.
This isn't all to say that I still don't have my days where I just want an In N Out Burger and a stop at Homegoods, neither of which we have. But I will live. I may still kick and scream every time I have to shovel my car out of my driveway for the hundredth time. I may get a little aggravated when I am 45 minutes late to picking Ace up because someone hit a moose. Or when I find a really great piece of clothing online and they DON'T SHIP TO ALASKA! But I wouldn't change being stationed here. When we leave I know there are so many things I will miss, and I won't be able to find somewhere else. So my advice is to really do your research. Ask a lot of questions. Be open minded. Get ready for a change. But change is good, so embrace it! Most of all get some bear spray, a bear gun, some mosquito repellent and have some damn fun!
*Obviously this is only my experience in Alaska, please don't send me hate mail if you disagree. You can see more of our adventures at the Alaskan Adventures page at the top of the screen. If you have questions I can always try and answer them, or hopefully point you in the right direction.