The good news is that it wasn’t very cold during the power outage. Of course that is all relevant to whatever one is use to, I figure 20 degrees above zero is a decent temp to lose power under. The temps did drop to a chilly -30 to -40 below zero this past week, but are now back in the above zero range, was a balmy 9 above this morning. Compared to the -41 below I had yesterday morning on my drive into work, it was great.
And with some new snow fall, its time to get the sleds on the trail. Taking the Bearcat in for some warranty work and doing my pre-season go over on the M sled. Plan to get some miles on tomorrow (Sat) and maybe get a chance to haul some materials into the cabin over Thanksgiving weekend.
What a day, woke up to no power, 3 to 4 inches of wet heavy snow on the roads. Hum, no shower or coffee, no biggie I’ll just drive to work and wash up and get some coffee, nope, got to work and the power was down their as well. So after making the needed calls I headed out for a cup of coffee and restroom, only place I could find was Mickey D’s, at least they do have good coffee.
Then back to the office, close up and head for home until the power comes back on, or so I thought. Trish was having some after surgery issues, so I took her to the Dr’s office, back to work to get servers up, pick up Trish and take her to Melissa’s (the daughters) and then back to the office again. And all this driving on these oh so wonderful roads of icy slush and idiot drivers, better not go there or I may not stop.
I was out cutting firewood with Dean last Sunday and found a new friend, or maybe she found me.
It was an interesting day to say the least. I drove up to the site we have been cutting firewood at and the first thing I see is all this wood just lying there in the ditch. Some of it was to length, 20″, just my size and some were still in 30 foot log lengths. Well heck, this will be a quick and easy day for firewood gathering, or so I though. Continue reading →
It was a great vacation time and as always to short. Started out spending 8 days in Moose camp with some warmer then wanted weather. Actually thought it might be decent hunting season, woke up on Monday the 1st to nice kool temps, too bad it only lasted one day then warmed up again.
We did see some bulls on Monday, but after it warmed up they took off for better country I guess. Scott did get to tag a nice little bull and almost got himself run over by the guy in the process, but at least we got some meat down.
After leaving camp I headed down to the cabin for two weeks and Dean came along for the first 6 days. Plan was to do a combo work on the cabin and hunt until he left on the 15th. Worked out pretty good actually, got the upper deck done (aka hunting platform), insulation in the walls and ceiling and finished up the foam board up on the exterior. We poured 6 five inch thick concrete pads with post blocks embedded in them. Four of these are for the generator shed and the other two are for the furnace room add-on which I hope to have done by next spring.
Or so the saying goes. The way this month, August 2013, has gone I’m hoping there’s truth in those words.
The septic system is done and all I have left to do is grade the yard so I can seed it next year and get a final photo of the grade to complete my report to ADEC. I figured I deserved a couple of easy days down at the cabin and loaded up Thursday night and drove on down early Friday. A nice drive too, the sun was coming up as I left and the skies were clear and blue. Couldn’t ask for better day in the mountains.
We’ll things were going good, including the ATV ride into the cabin, the trails were dry and there were lots of blueberries out and I was simply enjoying the day thinking about what I needed to get done for the furnace add on I was planning to do. Then I drove up to the cabin and stopped dead in my tracks, no, my eyes must be off or else I’m having a 60′s flashback, dang it… The piling posts the cabin sits on are leaning about 5 degrees to the east, not a good thing.
After 30 some years of functioning quite well our septic system decided it was time to give up the ghost as it were. Around the 1st of the month (Aug 2013) we lost our use of the toilet, shower, and sinks. Fortunately we had the RV and I set it up as a temporary restroom facility, of course this didn’t include showers and my neighbor was kind enough to let me use his until I could plumb a temporary gray water system in. Anywho, all in all it meant a new septic system from lines, to tank to leach field. So what should I find in doing some reading, this nice post on Poop Decks, it fit my state of mind for the last two weeks….. Continue reading →
Fourth of July this year was a no fireworks event due to the extreme dry weather and fires. As of the time of this post the fire has grown to over 79,000 acres and evacuation notices have been issued for residence along the Chena Hot Springs Road area. But of course this is off topic, as we loaded up the motorhome and drove to 12 Mile Summit on the Steese Hwy so I could start doing some work on the foundation corners of our 2nd cabin, this one is 6.4 miles from the parking area and another beautiful location that is north of us rather than south.
The Mt Ryan Cabin Site on the Fourth of July, 2013, work on the foundation corners.
Great weekend, we finally made it into the Nome Creek area for a weekend of camping and ATVing. BLM got the approaches to the Nome Creek Bridge fixed so folks could cross the creek to the established camp grounds, but heck, who wants to camp there, I much prefer finding a spot along the creek that’s big enough for our RV and others who joined us.
We drove out Friday afternoon and got camp set up just in time for dinner and a little BSing with Stoney, Peter, Dave and others and then went on a short 2 hour ride on the south-east side of the creek. Still lots of ice on the creek bottom and that made it an interesting trip.
So we took the motorhome out for the first time this summer and it was a great trip. Drove down to the Donnelly Dome area (shown on GP track map) and meet up with a half dozen or more FST members who did the same switch we did from snowmachine to ATV.
We had planned to go to Nome Creek again this coming Memorial weekend, however it looks like we’ll be heading in a different direction, where, no idea as of yet.
All I know for now is that our camping spot along Nome Creek is buried under 1 to 4 feet of ice. Dang it, it’s the end of May already…. Guess it’s better then getting driven out from flooding like last year though.