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Denali bound for the Summer '10 with several questions I hope can be answered...
I will be working at the Grande Denali Lodge starting May 3, and I have begun packing. I will be flying, not driving, to AK and have the option of taking 4 bags but I am not entirely sure how much or exactly what I should be bringing. After googling "What to bring when moving to Alaska lists" over what seems to be a million times, I have a good idea of what to bring but would like some feed back from people who have lived it and know exactly what to bring so I do not bring too much/too little.
What necessities will I need for hiking/exploring/etc that are easy to travel with?
From what I gather the place is fairily remote and will be traveling primarily by shuttle, will there be any interaction with other lodges/hotels/etc?
I am a recent college grad, is living in the employee dorm like living in a college dorm? And how will it be separated (age, gender, job)?
I know AK is more expensive, how much should I stock up on hygiene products like shampoo/toothpaste/body wash/etc?
I like making friends and meeting new people from all age groups, but I am 22: is that a typical age for doing seasonal work or will I be an odd ball?
What kind of food will be provided through the lodge, and how decent? Is there any specific diet I should prep myself for?
Aside from casual hiking clothing and work clothes, should I bring dress clothes (heels, dresses, etc)? If so, how much?
I realize I may easily be working over 40 hrs a week, how often is typical of working overtime and what is the average amount of free time I can expect?
What is the easiest way to stay in touch with my family in Missouri? ..my mom of course is making me ask this.
Will I be able to watch any Cards baseball games??? :)
Please, if there is anything else vital for me to know before making the trip-- let me know. All information is appreciated whether it be positive or negative!