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Is it Worthwhile?

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This is the third in a series of posts that I’m writing in answer to the questions I get asked the most.
"Is it worthwhile?"
That’s an interesting question. Is it worth my while to live off-grid in the Alaskan wilderness? All of the trouble I have to go through, and extra work involved for daily living – is the peace and solitude worth it? Wouldn’t it be easier to live in town, or at least on a road?
Let me answer this by starting with a story about last Friday. It was a cool, drizzly day – perfect for making Jelly. By noon, I was on my third batch of deep pink Fireweed Jelly when Gregg walked through the cabin door with news that he had just come from town and my Walmart prescriptions were not in the mail today. I am on life-saving blood pressure medication – five different drugs, and had taken my last day’s worth the day before.
We have a small clinic and pharmacy in Unalakleet, but they don’t take insurance and they rarely have my meds on hand, so it’s easier and more ec…

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