In Alaska you have WiFi, but no running water

Alaska permits renting out places without running water

Dry cabins are a normal in Alaska. Alaska law does not prohibit to rent out cabins without running water. The permafrost – soil that remains frozen for two or more consequent years – prohibits to drill for groundwater and/or install water pipes in these areas. Thus, in permafrost areas, people have no running water. Installing power lines and land lines, however, are not a major problem. Thus, there is no problem to have WiFi.

Did you know that in Alaska many people have WiFi, but no running water? #AlaskaLifestyle Click To Tweet

What do they do when they need to go to the restroom, take a shower or wash their dishes and do their laundry?

#fashionover50 work outfit with tropical print skirt
GNW Luxe sweater with Loft tropical print skirt, and Hermes collier de chien bangle (all own)
#styleover50 woman in floral print skirt office outfit for spring
Teal GNW Luxe sweater, statement necklace, Hermes collier de chien bangle, quartz bangle, Loft print skirt, and Salvatore Ferragamo pumps (all own)
#fashionover50 woman in spring work outfit with tropical print skirt and sweater
Loft tropical print skirt with GNW Luxe cashmere wool sweater, 3.1 Philip Lim bag, Salvatore Ferragamo pumps, statement necklace, Paloma Picasso sunglasses, and Newport News leather jacket (all own)

Outhouse

Every cabin has an outhouse. Therein is a toilet that leads to a big septic tank. You have to go outside for your business even at 40 below. To not freeze to your toilet, you use a styrofoam toilet seat that you schlep back and forth between your cabin and outhouse. There are many laundry saloons in town. Many employers have showers to be used by their employees. Since many students live in dry cabins, the university has showers for them too as well as laundry machines. In town, there are various water wells where you can fill water in a large tank that you then haul into your cabin to use for doing your dishes, cooking and as drinking water.

#styleover40 woman in work outfit with trench coat
Burberry Brit trench coat with Anne Klein slingbacks, statement necklace, Jaeger tote, Moda sweater, Ray Ban sunglasses (all own), and straight skirt c/o eShakti

OOTD

The outfit above is the cover photo of my style book How to Dress for Success in Midlife. You can buy the book at this link.

The OOTD features an office look with a pencil skirt, knit sweater, slingbacks and trench coat for the commute for a humid 50F (10oC) day in Fairbanks. In the middle ground, you can see the airport and Tanana Flats, and at the horizon, the Alaska Range.

#fashionover40 woman in spring work outfit with a striped skirt and a sweater from winter
Work outfit with Moda International sweater, Anne Klein slingbacks, Jager tote, statement necklace, Ray Ban sunglasses (all own) and striped skirt c/o eShakti. In the background, Fairbanks airport, the Tanana Flats and Alaska Range
#styleover40 mature woman in trench coat
Back view of above outfit with Tanana Flats and Alaska range in the background

Other posts on Alaska lifestyle are Potluck in Alaska – a friend killed what you eat and springtime in Alaska is 40 below.

Another fun fact: Did you know that
Alaska’s summer and winter temperatures differ 120F. #Akaskafacts Click To Tweet

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Photos: G. Kramm

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