I am working on lots of posts about the learning curve and experiences we’ve had trying out an Alaskan winter–the cold, the darkness, living without water, etc. But for now, I thought I’d give you a tour around our town!
Our cabin is in Healy, Alaska. The town is kind of in the middle of Alaska (considered “the Interior”) just east of the Alaska Range. We are 2 hours south of Fairbanks and about 4 hours north of Anchorage (both cities that you probably heard of in Alaska). More importantly, we are less than 20 minutes north of the entrance to Denali National Park and Preserve. For scale on just how big Alaska is, it is nearly 2.5 times the size of Texas!
The 2010 census population of Healy was 1,021 (I think they are updating that soon). Besides the National Park and its concessionaires being the biggest employers (more so in the summer), other enterprises include the Usibelli Coal Mine, Golden Valley Electric Company and the Denali Borough School System.
So let’s start with our tiny cabin. It sits on Hilltop Road, but there are no house numbers or street addresses in Healy.
We drive (or walk when it’s bearable) southeast on Hilltop and come to Otto Lake Road after .9 miles.
Just about another mile east on Otto Lake Road brings us to the Parks Highway (Route 3). There aren’t many “highways” in Alaska, but this is one of the main roads and it just so happens to bisect the town of Healy.
We drive north on the Parks Highway to get to Healy’s main hub. Which basically consists of a grocery store, gas stations, a few hotels/bed & breakfasts (most of which are seasonal), seasonal restaurants, a seasonal campground and a few other random businesses.
But honestly, the post office always feels like the place to be! Since there are no street addresses, there is no mail. So everyone has a P.O. Box.
Our address is PO Box 145 Healy AK 99743, in case anyone wants to send us a postcard from warm places (hint hint).
I hope I painted a visual image of our cold paradise. Got questions? Leave them in the comments!!