In spring 2017, fresh off a six-month trek around South America, my wife and I decided to dive into our next “crazy adventure.” We packed up a trailer in Atlanta and hit the road for Homer, AK, a small town quite literally at the end of the road near the southern tip of the Kenai Peninsula.
Before we left, we didn’t have a place to live or jobs lined up. But the appeal of life in this outdoor paradise in the summer—which thaws the rugged winter landscape and opens up a wide range of adventures, from hiking to rock climbing, and of course fishing—seemed worth the risk. Plus, we knew that the Kenai Peninsula south of Anchorage is home to some of the best halibut and saltwater salmon fishing in the world, with opportunities in the tourism industry as well. The bottom line? For people willing to work hard, the chance to live a slice of the rugged Alaskan dream was there for the taking.
Within three days of landing in town, my wife and I both had summer gigs and a lease on an apartment. Here’s how we made it happen.
All it really takes to make it to Alaska is the will to drive for days on end. Getting there is as easy as punching a destination into Google Maps, then driving 4,500 miles north. (Don’t forget to change your oil at 3,000 miles!)
Roads connect the Last Frontier state to the rest of civilization, but they’re often in pretty bad shape due to the rough weather, and you’ll need a passport to make it into Canada. From Atlanta, it only took us two days to reach the border crossing in Portal, ND, then it was just four more days of rolling hills and not much else until we reached Alaskan territory. If you go this route, you can say you drove the Alaskan Highway nearly in full from Dawson Creek, British Columbia.