We have a lovely mountainside home 10 miles outside of Anchorage, Alaska in Eagle River. Lois, I am an advanced practice nurse who does much of my work from home, telemedicine and on line teaching. Eric, is a pediatrician at the Alaska Native Medical Center.
There are great hiking trails right from our property. Our four legged family includes, very friendly Alaskan Huskies and Icelandic Horses. In the summer we have a small garden and greenhouse filled with flowers. Some extra help around the property would be wonderful. We also foster dogs and puppies for Alaskan Animal Rescue Friends. The horses are very friendly and if you have experience riding English style maybe you can go for a ride around the neighborhood trails.
Our 24 year old daughter, about to enter veterinarian school and our 21 year old son, an engineering student, also live at home some of the time. We have traveled to many parts of the world as a family and individually and love to share our Alaskan life with others. Our first ten years in Alaska were spent in a bush community and we have understanding and interest in many other cultures.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Learn about Alaskan life, caring for Alaskan Huskies, dog mushing, gardening, care of Icelandic Horses and have the opportunity to do some great hiking and adventuring in Alaska. We are a very active family and are willing to include you in our activities and travels in the area. Come with a sense of adventure and willingness to get out and enjoy the beauty of Alaska.
Help with gardening, care and feeding our Alaskan Huskies and Icelandic Horses. Feeding the dogs can be a bit messy if we have lots of rain and it gets muddy. We have lots of "work" clothes you can borrow. It is a fun and rewarding activity. General yard work, assisting with gardening or projects around the property. We will gladly share our knowledge and skills with others, no specialized skills required, just a love for animals and willingness for new adventures and a desire to be helpful. Alaska is a beautiful state that offers once in a lifetime opportunities if you have a sense of adventure and willingness to get out and enjoy the beauty and adventure.
Our son speaks German, and we speak some Spanish.
Single room with shared bath. We will be happy to include you in family meals. We try as often as possible to eat together as a family but with busy lives that is not always possible. We have a well stocked refrigerator and freezer with full access to guests. We also love to go to the farmers markets and purchase wonderful local vegetables in the summer. Absolutely NO SMOKING any where on the property. Light alcohol use is acceptable.
Public transportation is very limited in most of Alaska including our area, we frequently travel into Anchorage and down our hill to Eagle River daily and will be glad to give you rides as much as possible. Our home is about two miles from the center of Eagle River. In the summer there are buses and trains to other parts of Alaska for trips around the state. Be prepared to have a sense of adventure and see the real Alaska and all of the beauty everywhere. Accomodations in other parts of Alaska are limited and very expensive in the summer. A sense of adventure and willingness to camp or stay in hostels will open up many opportunities for you.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
4 hours a day, five days a week, varies and can be flexible