Once I got to Alaska, some of the excitement began to change as I realized the cost of living was almost three times higher in Anchorage as it was in Kansas. A bowl of soup, at the time in Kansas would have cost me 40 cents, while in Anchorage I paid close to $1.40.
Despite the adventure, the beauty of the state and the opportunity of owning land, when I evaluated all the facts in front of me: winter weather, life styles, economy, etc. I decided that if I had enough money to do what it would take to prove up on this land, I could go back to Kansa and buy 50 acres with a house on it. So, I relinquished my claim, bought a plane ticket and flew back to Tacoma, Washington and took the next bus back to Kansas where I did just that.