where I live
Fairbanks is in the heart of Alaska. With a regional population of one hundred thousand, Fairbanks blends the ammenities of a modest urban center with the opportunities of unparalleled wilderness.
Krista and I live close to the university with our three boys Ezra, Eli and Leo. We live in a unique community of people drawn together by a strong sense of place. We take advantage of the environmental and cultural resources that make Alaska special. Outdoor pursuits are a big part of our lives. Opportunities for hiking, canoeing, biking, skiing, etc. are limited only by time. A culture of independence encourages people to explore their own sustenance - gardening, chopping wood, fishing, hunting, etc. The close community and the hands-on lifestyle were major draws for us to Fairbanks.
The perpetual sun of summer drives Fairbanks with a frenetic energy. A local cliche about people gardening at midnight is surprisingly true. River sports are a substantial part of our summer. Interior Alaska is filled with pristine rivers. Backcountry travel ranges from a quick day trip to Denali National Park, to limitless excursions into the Brooks Range. In town, there are running races nearly every weekend and numerous festivals and outdoor music events. Summer is quite warm and sunny in Fairbanks.
Winter is when the spirit of Fairbanksans comes out. It is a time to spend catching up with friends around the woodstove or with a hockey puck. This is a tight-knit community where a January bonfire is likely to include home-smoked salmon, pie from last summer's berries or carribou chili. Snowy weekends might be devoted to home projects or treking in to a backcountry cabin. Neighborhood trails are shared by skiers, runners, dog teams and moose. Groomed nordic skiing is some of the best in the country.
Many people around the university are from elsewhere. The diversity they bring, and the independence inherent in Alaska, combine to make a dynamic community that takes care of itself and encourages people to think big.