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mynetdude
post Jan 16 2011, 04:10 PM
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I've been posting in a variety of places to get maximum exposure smile.gif I also posted 2 1/2 weeks ago, since then I've had a lot of information gathered and have less questions just different ones now.

I just want to see what I can/when I can, I am not in a rush/hurry and I don't have much particulars so I'll do what comes and goes.

My concern is lodging for the high peak of the summer June-August, I plan to utilize hostels where available and cabins where available as well.

I would like to start off in Ketchikan since I'll be coming from Oregon and I'd like to see how far I can get from Ketchikan June-Dec; I should be spending roughly a week in most significant areas for example: I would stay in Ketchikan for a week but also visit Annette Island once or twice as needed.

I've been doing a lot of looking around, and noticed on Google Earth (which gives more details than Google Maps could ever) there are quite a bit of islands nearby Ketchikan other than the obvious (Gravina) island where the airport is, there's Danger Island, Pennock Island, etc are all these islands worth visiting?

Then I would move on and head up to Craig and visit the communities on that island for a week or two as there seems to be more to cover there, hard to tell as Ketchikan is quite big too so I'm not sure if I would see it all in a week.

I know there are not hostels everywhere so I'm looking to see what my options are: couchsurfing for 2-3 days here and there while I wait for an opening at a hostel or cabin or some other accommodation arrangements. Perhaps trade for lodging & a small bit of food for some volunteer time, etc.

My GUESS is I could make it to Homer or Seward by Christmas and then fly back to Oregon at that point, I can't really predict how long it will take me to see everything in 6 months which is to include island hopping (the ones worth hopping to).

My concern with winter is survivability, Oregon gets cold I do have warm clothing for that kind of thing just not sub zero wink.gif. The other thing is getting around during the winter months, I'm going to guess this isn't easy to do? And finally, airline service during the winter months will I have difficulty getting flights? Obviously bad weather affects everyone not just Alaska.

Hope you can help! And TIA for your time reading!
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