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#1 of 4 Old 04-04-2009, 07:11 PM - Thread Starter
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Moving to Tenakee Springs in May/August or Juneau depending on jobs. I need to know many things as I am coing from Florida.

Is it worth it to ship a few furniture items or buy used when I get there?

Clothes suggestions. I know that layers are ideal. All our clothes/sweaters are cotton. I am going to an area with lots of rain (right?) so can we keep our cotton against our skin and second layer the synthetics? Or am I asking for trouble since wet cotton will make us cold/ not maintain body temp??

We do not vaccinate. Will I run into trouble on that issue with school enrollment?

I'm sure I'll have more questions. PLease, add anything you think will help me.
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Thought of another question.

Any earthquakes in SE Alaska?
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First, earthquakes are pretty rare down here, but they do happen once in a while. I think we've had two that I've felt at all in the ten years we've been here. Nothing has even fallen off a shelf.

As for clothes, you will probably want to invest a bit in good waterproof boots for the whole family and good outer layers that are water-proof, not just water-resistant. For just hanging around town and every day life, you will still get plenty of wear out of your cotton, but for being out in the woods or on the water, I would make sure that everyone has one or two sets of good quality long underwear and some wool socks.

WRT to furniture, that's kind of your call. I haven't really spent time in Tenakee, but I do know Juneau pretty well. (We've been here 10 and a half years.) If you have nice furniture or are particular about it, you will probably want to bring some with you. If you hit the garage sales, you can do pretty well, but it takes a lot of time and effort ('though it can be fun). I would not plan to buy new furniture here. The choices aren't all that thrilling and they tend to be over-priced.

Feel free to pm me if you need anything.
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I have lived in Juneau a few times...LOL...and just took my birth doula training there in March, though I'm currently in Ketchikan. I agree with the above statements. I'm pretty sure you won't have a problem with the no-vaxing, aside from people's reactions (you aren't alone in Juneau, though), as you should simply have to sign a form stating you have a religious/medical/moral reason your kids aren't vax'd. If you plan to stay in Juneau for an extended period of multiple winters, I'd TOTALLY suggest investing in good snow boots as well. I bought some SOREL's (knee-high) when pregnant with my first there in 02 and still used them this winter. So worth the money.
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